The Doctor

Part 1
  1. What specific occupation does your character practice?
    He's a Physician who cared for people in their ill health. He kept hiself in good physical health, although he was in question about his spiritual health.
  2. What does the need for this occupation tell us about the time period?
    There wasnt common medicines in the medieval times so the need for this occupation was high because there wasnt just a way for you to treat your own illness.
  3. What was his or her social standing?
    He is rich and very popular.
  4. What might your character’s day to day life be like?
    My Character may have been very busy in his day to day life because he was a doctor during one of the deadliest diseases known to man, the bubonic plague. He may have had to fight off the diseases through the ways he came about caring for people, while trying to protect himself from these ugly diseases because they didnt have common medicine.
  5. What details about this character does Chaucer not include?
    Chaucer does not include some characteristics of my character like his physical appearance, they do however tell us his personality and his life values.
  6. Modern day occupation might correspond to your medieval character and why?
    Astronomer, because this is what his education was. Also when he discovers the illness of people he uses alignment of the stars to explain peoples illnesses.

File:Anatomical Man.jpg
File:Anatomical Man.jpg
Astrology paid a big role in medieval medicine.

Part 2:
Nobody was as smart as the doctor-he was really good at his job with his surgery's and prescribing medicines- was very smart in astronomy- spent many hours with his patients and watched over them carefully- he cured people with his horoscope- of the arrangement of the planets- he knew exactly what was wrong with every person who came to see him- medicine was ready on hand- who made really good money by doing so- was a very friendly man-wasn't a religious man- he wore red garments with bluish gray on them- he has a love for gold- "gold stimulates the heart or so we're told

  1. Which lines in the prologue best describe your character’s physical appearance?
    My Characters Physical appearance was not described in the prologue of his tale
  2. Which lines describe his/her personality?
    Line 4- says he is very social and well educated while high in social class
  3. Which specific words add to your understanding of the character’s personality?
    The statement "Gold stimulates the heart" shows me that the doctor had a sense of greed and only did his job because it paid really well.

Part 3
Analysis of the passage
  1. What is Chaucer’s opinion toward this character? The doctor is well known for being intelligent in astronomy and for his love of gold.
  2. What specific lines or words tell you this choices require an understanding of vocabulary from the time period? Some words that I wasn't to familiar with was "apothecaries which meant pharmacists. Also Aesculapius- which was in Greek roman mythology meant the god of medicine. Superfluities- were excesses
  3. What is Chaucer trying to reveal or expose about the time period? Explain any satire you see as well.-There is no satire, but the doctors were very important to the people, and part of the higher class.
  4. What do you think Chaucer's purpose of including this character was? Doctors were there to cure peoples illnesses they weren't able to cure everything but they tried. They played a major role doing the middle ages, as well as today. Doctor's also made good money back then as well.

Works Cited

"Medieval Information." Doctors. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Oct. 2012. <>.

"Daily Life in Medieval Europe -Doctors." Daily Life in Medieval Europe -Doctors. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Oct. 2012. <>//