LITERARY ANALYSIS The Millers Tale and The Pardoners
LITERARY ANALYSIS The Millers Tale and The Pardoners Tale ESSAY PROMPT How are "The Miller's Tale" and "The Pardoner's Tale" similar and dissimilar? You will use details from the text to support & explain your answer. Dont pick the obvious to compare and contrast. Theory is presented as an argument. Question is to be answered in 3 paragraphs and concluding statement. BUILDING AN INTRODUCTION
Sentence 1: author, title (The Canterbury Tales), historical context (time Broad period), utilizes the frame narrative style with a Prologue and collection of twenty-four tales. Sentences 2 & 3: Describe how all of Chaucers tales are similar yet dissimilar 2. The characters in the Prologue participate in a storytelling competition, where the tales all must have _________________ and ________________. 3. On the other hand, the tales vary from each other because each has its own _____________________ and ____________________. Sentence 4: Thesis (theory) will be taking a narrow view of how two specific tales are similar yet different.
Narrow THESIS (last sentence of introduction) Use this sentence stem below to write your thesis: It was fitting then that Chaucers The Millers Tale and The Pardoners Tale share a similar ______________; however, a dissimilar ________________. Similarities to compare (pick 1): a. satirical tone b. theme or message: disloyalty, revenge, greed
c. element of irony d. characterizations Dissimilarities to show contrast (pick 1): a. theme (disloyalty in matters of the heart vs. greed for money) b. tone (comedic vs. serious) c. narrators purpose TOPIC & CONCLUDING SENTENCES Echoes and aligns with the thesis statement Is not a quote Example Topic Sentence (first sentence in body paragraph) To begin, the narrators, the Miller and the Pardoner, share a similar satirical
tone, which adds humor and pokes fun at the characters for their flaws. Example Concluding Sentence (last sentence in body paragraph) To repeat, these two tales both display a satirical tone due to Chaucers use of exaggeration and irony. How to Write a Claim-Evidence-Reasoning (CER) Paragraph Topic Sentence Pull quote from Millers Tale For instance, in the Millers (use transitions) Pull quote pull from Pardoners Tale Similarly in the Pardoners Tale Concluding Sentence COMPARE & CONTRAST - CER WRITING MODEL Paragraph 1
Sentence 1: Topic Sentence arguing that two tales are similar Sentence 2 3 4 Prove 1st Idea: tales are similar 5 Sentence 6: Concluding Sentence Paragraph 2 2 pieces of evidence: 1 quote from each tale Or 1 quote and 1 paraphrased example Then
after each quote, explain how evidence reveals a similar trait between the tales. Sentence 1: Transition + Topic Sentence arguing that two tales are different 2 3 4 Prove 2 Idea: Tales are dissimilar nd 5 Sentence 6: Concluding Sentence To sum up Same as above, except explanations
should be centered on how the evidence shows a contrast/strong difference between the tales CONCLUDING STATEMENT Restate the thesis statement Indented stand-alone sentence after the body paragraphs Use a transitional phrase To conclude To summarize In conclusion In summary
CRAFTING A PROPER TITLE Do not repeat the NAME of the assignment as the TITLE Parts: author, title, and the idea behind the Style: diction, alliteration, pun, etc. Examples The Rise and Fall of the Altruistic Hero in the Epic Tale of Beowulf Bred From a Bed of Lies: The Root Causes in Arthur Millers The Crucible Cut From the Same Cloth But Of a Different Color: Analyzing theme and characterization in Steinbecks Of Mice and Men and Hansberrys Raisin In the Sun.
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