Essay On The Guildsmen In The Canterbury Tales

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The Guildsmen of The Canterbury Tales Step 1 Prewriting: The Guildsmen were a group of men a part of a labor union. The carpenter, the weaver, the haberdasher, the dyer, and the carpet maker all traveled together due to their similar trades. They did this so they could increase the prices of their good. These men were all very successful in their respective trades. The men dressed in very fancy attire. The Guildsmen were also very proud of how well they treated their wives. Step 2 Prewriting: There was only one word from the textbook that I did not understand. The word is “dais,” which means “seats of honor, or a throne.” The Canterbury Tales is a group of stories about a variety of people who went on a pilgrimage to Canterbury to see…show more content…
They not only dressed out themselves and their wives, but also their horses. Do not be mistaken, not all craftsmen behaved in this manner. Some craftsmen were monks! A monk named Bertinus “lived in a monastery, devoting himself to work, prayer and study” (Price 14). The Guildsmen that Chaucer wrote about were very boastful and showy with their wealth, but not all craftsmen were like that. There is not much to infer from the Guildsmen, due to Chaucer not getting to their stories before his passing. But based upon how they boast their wealth, we can assume that they were stuck up in some manners. As previously stated, they showed off their wealth with silver knives and fancy pouches and girdles to the other merchants and craftsmen. They completely spoiled their wives as well. The Guildsmen were “all in livery” (Chaucer 153). They dressed in clothing associated with their trade. Back then, craftsmen all wore a certain type of uniform based on their craft. Kind of similar to the way jobs wear certain uniforms. For example, at the UPS Store the standard uniform is a collared shirt, either brown in light green, with khaki pants. Based on the information of the Guildsmen, we can infer that these men either rode on horse or buggy. We can also infer that the horses or buggy were welled dressed up to show off their wealth! Chaucer has a somewhat clear opinion on the Guildsmen. In a way, he seems like he kind of looked
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