The Guildsmen - By: Antonio Melendez


Part 1 Research

  • What specific occupation does your character practice?
    The guildman, were a group of artisans, craftsmen, merchants, and other professions that furthered the interests of their members. They did what they were asked to do.
  • What does the need for this occupation and the information surrounding it tell us about the time period?The Guildsmen used apprentices to perform their work, but the apprentices worked for food and board. this tells us that it was the apprentice period and a very poor time period, people had to work hard just for food.

  • What was his or her social standing?-The Guildsmen were often the most wealthy, most valuable and most respected members of the community because of the task they perform for the community.

  • What might your character’s day to day life be like?-Guildsmen at this time primarily worked in workshops and buildings that needed work. because there was no electricity at the time, their task took much more work. Without electric saws, Guildsmen had to use much more effort that modern day carpenters. Every day they could have a different task based on what the customer wants.

  • What details about this character does Chaucer not include?-Chaucer does not include that the Guildsmen all dress in similar uniform, and that they were local officials.

  • What modern day occupation might correspond to your medieval character and why?-A modern day occupation that corresponds with the Guildsmen would be a maintenance man, who is in charge of many buildings. Maintenance workers have to be able to fix almost any problem from electric installation to building a table. The Guildsmen also had to be able to any and every job, but the Guildsmen did not have to clean as much as maintenance workers do.

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Part 2
Examination of text:
  • A tailor, a Dryer, a woodworker, a basket-maker, and a carpet-maker
    were apart of the union of workers, what seemed to be an impressive group of workers
    the workers were always great in appearance and kept their gear in great condition
    knives were beaten out of the purest silver
    all men were very smart and wise,they managed to make the capital and revenue.
    There women were slight gold diggers, but the Guildsmen treated their women very good.
  • Which lines in the prologue best describe your character’s physical appearance?-"They were so trim and fresh their gear would pass for new" (line 375)

  • Which lines describe his/her personality?-The Guildsmen are very proud of what they do as described throughout the story not just in a specific line.
  • Which specific words add to your understanding of the character’s personality?-wisdom, wives, so trim and fresh

Part 3

Once you have researched the background of your character and examined the text in which your character is developed, you can analyze the language better.

Analysis of the passage
(Be sure to answer in complete sentences and include these responses in your wiki page. Don’t limit yourself, however; include any additional information that would help a reader understand the text better.)
  • What is Chaucer’s opinion toward this character?-Chaucer's opinion toward the Guildsmen refers to the Guildsmen as hard workers that could fix any problem. they are high up in the community and generally liked by the people.
  • What specific lines or words tell you this?-"They had capital and revenue" - Line 383 "Among the ranks"- Line373
  • What word choices require an understanding of vocabulary from the time period? Define any unfamiliar words or phrases.-Haberdasher- A dealer in mens clothing; Wrought-Beaten out of shaped by hammer.
  • What is Chaucer trying to reveal or expose about the time period? Explain any satire you see as well.- There is no satire, but I learned that Guildsmen used to play a huge role in a community, Chaucer gives us an idea of the time period by describing the hammers and such that the Guildsmen had to use to work.
  • What do you think Chaucer's purpose of including this character was?-I think he added this character because it helps give the story a sense of the higher end of the working class in medieval times.

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