Plowman

Part one
-What specific occupation does your character practice?
He is a plowman; he rids the town of dung. (Line 532)

-What does the need for this occupation tell us about the time period?
They needed peasants to get rid of dung from a village or town. That was their “sewage system."

-What was his or her social standing?
The plowman’s social standing was peasant. This was because he collected the poo of the town.

-What might your character’s day to day life be like?
The plowman’s life would be really crappy, I am speaking in a literal sense, but he does have a great love for God. God probably makes his life better than all the other dung collectors though.

-What details about this character does Chaucer not include?
Chaucer did not include what his social standing was. You had to just guess. Since he was a dung collector you just had to say he was a peasant, Sounds really peasant like.

Part two
-Paraphrase each line of the prologue describing your character.
Next to him was his brother, a Plowman 531
Pulling a cart filled with dung. 532
He was a good and faithful worker, 533
Living in peace and perfect charity. 534
He loved God with all of his heart, 535
At all times, no matter what, 536
He also loved his neighbors. 537
He would thresh, dig and excavate 538
For Christ’s sake and for every poor man. 539
He would do this without pay if it were in his power. 540
He pays his taxes as expected, 541
For his earnings and his property. 542
Wearing a tunic, he rode on a mare. 543

-Which lines in the prologue best describe your character's physical apperance?
From the lines above from #1 in Part two, the ones that describe the character’s physical appearance are lines 532, 533 and 538.


-Which lines describe his/her personality?
From the lines above from #1 in Part two, the ones that describe the character’s personality are lines 533-536, 537 and 539-542.

-Which specific words add to your understanding of the character's personality?
Some specific words about the character’s personality are good, faithful, living in peace and perfect charity, and love.

Part three
1: What is the Chaucer’s opinion toward this character?
The Chaucer thinks that the Plowman is a hard working person that is overlooked by so many people. That’s because he does all this work but people take his products for granite and don’t realize that without him there would be a food shortage.
2: What specific lines or words tell you this?
Lines 533-534 and 536-537.
3: What word choices require an understanding of vocabulary from this time period?
The words grieved, thresh, delve, and tithes. Because they are words that sound like American language just you need to piece it together.


Works Cited


Chaucer. "The General Prologue." In Canterbury Titles, 43-45.
The General Prologue. 2011. http://www.shmoop.com/canterbury-tales-prologue/the-plowman.html (accessed September 14, 2011).