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Canterbury Tales

This posting offers help with locating a passage of not more than 15 lines that you regard as a particularly effective description of one of the characters. Using that passage as evidence, it deduces 2 or 3 "rules" that an effective character description must fulfill.

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As you select a passage that you regard as a particularly effective description of one of the characters, please allow my notes to help you to deduce 2 or 3 "rules" that an effective character description must fulfill:

First, please note that I am using the "The Cook's Tale," Chapter 8: Lines 1-15 to offer insights about characterization and purpose.

By using a common, everyday figure in the profession of a cook, Chaucer creates a familiar, almost stock or stereotype character, that readers easily relate to and achieve a sense of purpose in the storytelling. Please note the lines,
"There lived a 'prentice, once, in our city, and of the craft of victuallers was ...

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Help with a character anaylsis is given.

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