We organized some information on three characters, the Doctor, the Parson, and Woman or Wife of Bath, to help further your understanding of each.

The Doctor

1. What specific occupation does your character practice?
The doctor is the “medical professional” of the time period.
2. What does the need for this occupation tell us about the time period?
The doctor is more associated with astronomy and magic than he is with medicine. This makes the reader aware of the low level of education during that time, even in highly regarded professions.
3. What was his or her social standing?
The doctor has a high social standing and is very wealthy.
4. What modern day occupation might correspond to your medieval character and
why?
Any medical profession of the present time can be compared to the Doctor in the Canterbury Tales.
5. Which lines in the prologue best describe your character’s physical appearance?
lines 435-444
6. Which lines describe his/her personality?
lines 415-424
7. Which specific words add to your understanding of the character’s personality?
Humor, perfect practicer
8. Identify the irony that is used in the tale. Is it dramatic, situational, or verbal?
Situational irony is used in this tale. It is ironic because the Doctor is more learned in magic than actual medicine. This situational irony makes the reader more familiar with the time period in which the poem is set.

"The Doctor" Paraphrased

There was a doctor unlike anyone else in the world. He was well educated in physic, surgery, and astronomy. He had a diagnosis for every ailment and was very experienced. He had a great supply of medicines on hand from people he had known for a long time. The doctor is so talented that he can be compared to some of the greatest doctors of his time. His diet was moderate, not in excess. He ate very nutritional foods.


The Parson

1. What specific occupation does your character practice?
I believed that when the Parson came upon the land he was a farmer, but then started going to church and began to practice preaching.
2. What does the need for this occupation tell us about the time period?
It tells that there was a need for a preacher.
3. What was his or her social standing?
His social standings are kind of high but there’s someone that calls him "his ape", so he’s not extremely high.
4. What modern day occupation might correspond to your medieval character and why
Farming is a modern, as well as medieval occupation, because in medieval times farming was the only way to be self sufficient. Today, people can just go to the store and buy groceries. Preachers in medieval times were kind of like the leader of the town if they were well liked. If they said anything the town or village would believe them. They taught people what they thought was the word of God, and if you didn’t go to the same church as everyone else then you were a bad person. The people frowned on you. Todays Preacher’s teach the meaning of the Word of God, but the difference is you can go to any preacher you want to and not be accused of worshiping the Devil.

5. Which lines in the prologue best describe your character’s physical appearance?
“But with these "relics" when that he [had] found A poor parson dwelling upon land….”

6. Which lines describe his/her personality?
“He was in church a noble ecclesiast.” “To winne silver as he full well could. Therefore he sang the merrierly and loud.”

7. Which specific words add to your understanding of the character’s personality?
My understanding of Parsons personality is noble, and maybe hard working.


The Woman of Bath


1. What specific occupation does your character practice?
The woman of bath is into making cloth.

2. What does the need for this occupation tell us about the time period?
People in that time period made their own clothing.

3. What was his or her social standing?
She was a nun, but she got around, so probably not very high.

4. What modern day occupation might correspond to your medieval character.
A religious woman, perhaps a nun gone bad, or a prostitute.

5. Which lines in the prologue best describe your character’s physical appearance?
464-468

6. Which lines describe his/her personality?
461-462

7. Identify the irony that is used in the tale. Is it dramatic, situational, or verbal?
Situational irony

The Woman of Bath Paraphrased

Though she is a seamstress by occupation, she seems to be a professional wife. She has been married five times and had many other affairs in her youth, making her well practiced in the art of love. She presents herself as someone who loves marriage and sex, but from what we see of her, she also takes pleasure in rich attire, talking, and arguing. She is deaf in one ear and has a gap between her front teeth, which was considered attractive in Chaucer’s time. She has traveled on pilgrimages to Jerusalem three times and elsewhere in Europe as well.