Analyze one of the following topics. The instructor will select one of the topics listed below for this assignment.
Each answer should be 350−500 words. Excellent answers will address each portion of the question, provide concrete evidence of the student's reading, and be grammatically and structurally correct. For "The Canterbury Tales," assess, in detail, Chaucer's stance toward one of the pilgrims. Read through his/her description in the Prologue, and glance at his/her tale. How is the tale appropriate to the person telling it? What aspect of the character does the author approve of? What does he disapprove of? What literary devices does he use to indirectly communicate this approval or disapproval?
Define the ideal Christian knight as described in "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight." How well does Gawain himself live up to this ideal? How does he fail, and how does he succeed in his quest?
Compare and contrast the allegories of "Everyman" and "Piers Plowman." Which one is easier to interpret? What criticism do they make of medieval English society (if they do)? Do they both seem to view salvation in the same way? Explain your answer.
Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the GCU Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.
This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.