The Lawyer by Freddy Ritenauer:
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A modern day Lawyer!
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Research Questions:

1. What specific occupation does your character practice?
-The Lawyer battled with people about loan disputes, and would look at land signs and turn the land over to himself.
2. What does the need for this occupation and the information surrounding it tell us about the time period?
-This tells us that they were the people to help fight cases in court for the wealthy. They were smart, good writer, and knew the laws. They were looked up upon by other, but they could also be stealing from people without them knowing.
3.What was his or her social standing?
-The Lawyer is considered the upper middle class. the upper middle class are well-educated professionals with a graduate degree and comfortable incomes.
4.What might your character’s day to day life be like?
-During this time period Lawyers were the ones who help fight cases for the wealthy. For example the Lawyer during this time period knew every judgement, case, and crimes ever recorded since king William's. The everyday life for a Lawyer today is normally a(n) 12 hour shift. They arrive at the office, go to meetings, check e-mails, go to court, review case and do other tasks threw out the day.
5.What details about this character does Chaucer include?
-Chaucer the author tells us a little bit about the Lawyer. He gives us a brief description of what he looks like, he wears a homely parti- colored coat, Girl with a silken belt of pin-stripe. He also informs us that the Lawyer is very intelligent and knew a ton of cases.
6.What modern day occupation might correspond to your medieval character and why?
-A Lawyer corresponds to a Lawyer or a Realastate Agent in today's society who helps out the poor and wealthy. Who helps them fight cases in the court room or may be able to get the contracts to land. Now lawyers are able fight anything from a parking ticket to a murder case.

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Law book and a Gavel
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Examination of text:

A man who knew they law had paid his time,
Intelegant and smart, using his sorces at the London cathedral
Everyone knew he performed excellence.
Carful by his words,he had a great respect for everyone,
That was the image he gave, and his saying were so inteligent.
He was very fair and reasonable when it came to the civil and criminal law
Letters from government athority for him to preform tasks and duties
He was well known and smart and ranked high in his position
He won perks and prizes and charged many a fee.
There was no one who could transport something or someone like him;
He stole land from others that he knew he could keep,
He drew up the the transfer forms that no one could question.
But to him no one was as busy as he was,
As we know he was less busy than he seemed to be,
He knew and the crimes and case from the begining to end
It was every record from King William's term.
They had to obey the resisting attack
No one had better puncuation or could plase a comma better than he
And he knew every law pasted by the legeslative body.
He wore a crazy multi-colored coat!

1.Which lines in the prologue best describe your character’s physical appearance?
-There is some brife physical appearance describing the Lawyer. They say that he "wore a homely parti-colored coat." and "Girt with a silken belt of pin-stripe stuff."
2.Which lines describe his/her personality?
-The lines that describe the Lawyer personality are
-Line 320: Wary and Wise, 321: Noted for excellence, 323: His sayings were so wise. This leads us to know that he was a verry bright and intelegent man.

3.Which specific words add to your understanding of the character’s personality?
- The words that add to our understanding of the characters personality are Discreet, Fame, High Position.

Part 3:

Analysis of the passage:

1.What is Chaucer’s opinion toward this character?
-Chaucer's opinion towards this character was half and half. Even tho the lawyer was one to always help other in the court room and knew all the cases he had a down fall. The Chaucer stated that the lawyer would steel land from others. He would sign the land over to his name.
2.What specific lines or words tell you this?
- The specific lies that tell us this are "There was no such conveyancer as he; All was fee-simple to his strong disgestion." Lines 328-329
3.What word choices require an understanding of vocabulary from the time period? Define any unfamiliar words or phrases.
-St Paul's: London cathedral were lawyers met.
-Letters Patent: Were letters from the king.
-Conveyancer: Draws up documents transfering ownership of land.
-Fee-Simple: Is absolute ownership of real property, meaning he takes absolute possesition of everything.
4.What is Chaucer trying to reveal or expose about the time period? Explain any satire you see as well.
-There is no satire stated for the Lawyer. The Chaucer is trying to tell us that the Lawyers were very smart, inteligent, and wise individuals. On the other hand it makes us seem that he is telling us that the town people trusted them to much. Because as the Lawyers may know everything about the law, they also know how to steal land from others. Now we get the impression that they are criminals.
5.What do you think Chaucer's purpose of including this character was?
- I think the purpose of him throwing the Lawyer into this book is because they faced a huge part in society back than like they do now. They helped fight cases for people that may or may not be guilty.

Work Cited:

-"Degree Programs For Lawyers : Online And Campus Schools." Lawyers: Training, Salary, & Career Information. N.p., Apr.-May 2010. Web. 28 Oct. 2012.

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