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Notes on Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" (Cliffs Notes) [Paperback]

James L. Roberts
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22 May 2000 0764585908 978-0764585906 New edition
The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also features glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format. Join Chaucer′s band of pilgrims on their journey in CliffsNotes on The Canterbury Tales. Chaucer′s narrators represent a wide spectrum of society with various ranks and occupations. From the distinguished and noble Knight, to the pious abbess, the honorable Clerk, the rich landowner, the worldly and crude Wife, and on down the scale to the low, vulgar Miller and Carpenter, and the corrupt Pardoner. Let this study guide reveal Chaucer′s genius at understanding basic human nature as reflected in his tales. You′ll also gain insight into the background and influences of the author. Other features that help you study include Character analyses of major players A character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters Critical essays A review section that tests your knowledge A Resource Center full of books, articles, films, and Internet sites Classic literature or modern modern–day treasure — you′ll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.


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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; New edition edition (22 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764585908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764585906
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.4 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 444,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful 3 Mar 2006
Format:Paperback
The CliffsNotes booklet on THE CANTERBURY TALES is a helpful supplement which will lead the user to a deeper understanding of a fairly difficult subject. It contains information about Geoffrey Chaucer and his work in addition to an introduction, brief synopsis and character map. Critical commentaries on The Prologue, individual tales and Chaucer's Retraction are included as well as character analyses of Harry Bailey, the Host, the Knight, the Miller, the Wife of Bath and the Pardoner. Three critical essays are added plus an index. Properly used this guide will make the learning experience more meaningful as long as the student reads the entire literary work and completes all classroom assignments.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent handbook 21 Jun 2004
By Bethanie Frank - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Since "The Canterbury Tales" can be rather daunting for the student, I think this is an exceptional way to garner more of the needed information. The definitions are to the point, and the summaries aren't lengthy and over-bearing. If this is something to be read in the classroom, I see no reason why this shouldn't accompany the text.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful 3 Mar 2006
By Patrick Doherty - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The CliffsNotes booklet on THE CANTERBURY TALES is a helpful supplement which will lead the user to a deeper understanding of a fairly difficult subject. It contains information about Geoffrey Chaucer and his work in addition to an introduction, brief synopsis and character map. Critical commentaries on The Prologue, individual tales and Chaucer's Retraction are included as well as character analyses of Harry Bailey, the Host, the Knight, the Miller, the Wife of Bath and the Pardoner. Three critical essays are added plus an index. Properly used this guide will make the learning experience more meaningful as long as the student reads the entire literary work and completes all classroom assignments.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Help 26 Nov 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The notes are really helpful as a supplement to the book. I had to do a paper on it, and it gives a lot of insight on important topics to consider.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When Middle English Gets Too Difficult . . . 21 Nov 2007
By tvtv3 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I'm one of those rare people who have actually read all of THE CANTERBURY TALES in the original Middle English. However, when teaching the tales for the first time to my senior high school students, I realized there was a lot I had forgotten. The first place I went for assistance was CLIFFSNOTES: THE CANTERURY TALES by Dr. James L. Roberts. The book includes a brief biography about Chaucer's life, an introduction to the work, a list of characters, a summary and commentary about each one of the tales, character analysis of selected characters (Harry Bailey, the Knight, the Miller, the Wife of Bath, the Pardoner), a few selected essays, a review, and a list of further resources. I found Cliffsnotes extremely helpful in preparing to teach THE CANTERBURY TALES for the first time and I know that some of my students found it just as useful as well (Middle English and high school students don't mix very well together). A great tool to supplement one's reading, studying, and teaching of Chaucer's THE CANTERBURY TALES.
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous help. 23 April 2014
By Larry Drake - Published on Amazon.com
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This book makes the original classic very clear and so much more understandable to the reader not fluent in old english.
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