Merchants of Canterbury
By: Stephen Freeland, Mishael Korcsog, Andrew Saenz´╗┐

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Part One:
What specific occupation does your character practice?
Trade, selling goods, and crafting things or buying things. Basically like a entrepreneur an adventurer.

What does the need for this occupation tell us about the time period?
The need off the time period for the merchant was that trade brought wealth to both the merchant and rulers. Inhumerous wars, there was assault fought over trade.


What was his or her social standing?
The merchant have great influence in the medieval feudal society. As the merchant trade developed in towns and in trade routes., Some developed in great cities such as Paris and France. The increase of wealth and riches lead to increased prosperity of other local merchant.
The merchants life becomes a wealth as in owning grand homes to the best of their land.


What might your character's day to day life be like?
Well depending on the job the day to day life of being a merchant is rather busy, having to try sell, buy, and create things. It all depends on the jobs though such as the fact if you were a blacksmith, carpetener, or something of that nature. So in general and overall view the merchants life is basically trading and the likes.

What details about this character does Chaucer not include?
The details that the narrator chauncer hasn't included is that it traded goods throughout nation, they were wealthy and rich, they traded with craftsmen, labourers, any kinds of people, and sells in town and in trade routes.

What modern day occupation might correspond to your medieval character and why?
Well, people that works at the whole massive stock market, where people works at that, or people working at stands, restraunts, etc...


Part Two:´╗┐
Paraphase each line of the prologue describing your character.
It is telling of how the merchant was sucessful and how no one around him was in debt. People could trust in him when he was bargaining or borrowing.


Which lines in the prologue best describe your character's physical apperance?
Lines 271 - 275 best describe his physical feature.


Which lines describe his/her personality?
Lines 276-285 best describe his personality


Which specific words add to your understanding of the character's personality?
The word worthy was used several times to describe his personaility.


Part Three:
What is Chaucer's opinion toward this character?
Rather fashionable, self importance, where self-motivation are self-gain.

What specific lines or words tell you this?
272-286

What word choices require an understanding of vocabulary from the time period?
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Websites and sources:
http:/libary.thinkquest.org/10949-/fief/lomerchant.html
http:/wiki.answers/Q/life_of_a_merchants_in_the_middle_ages