The Skipper

Arshad Frazier
Ms. Emanuel
English III Honors
Character Profile
Table of Contents:
Part One: Character Profile
Part Two: Text & Tale Examination
Part Three: Page Analysis
Part One: Character Profile
1. The Skipper is a Ship-man; a ships captain.

2. The need for his occupation tells us that the time period still needed someone that can take control of something and be a leader. It also shows that that leader need to be the best at what he does which the Skipper is.

3. He was an excellent fellow, so says the narrator.

4. His day to day life would have been filled with battles and travels.

5. Details not included are the Skippers age, if he has family or a spouse, and how long he's had his job.

6. A Captain of a battleship can compare to the Skippers occupation.
Part Two: Text & Tale Examination
1. A summary of the tale told by the Skipper or the Ship-man is that a merchant from St. Denis who was rich and who people considered wise. Who had an beautiful wife that many people loved to see. They were over his house for the party's that they would have and just to see her. Among all his guest there was a monk who is very friendly to them and says that the merchant is his cousin. The monk whose name was Don John was very generous, especially with his money. One day the merchant had to leave on a business trip so he sent the monk a request to come to his house a few day before he left so that they may spend that time together for fun. The merchant rose to get ready for his leave and also did the monk who was just walking around. The monk talked to the merchants wife who said she was scared and worried and wanted commit suicide. They vowed to each other that they would keep their conversation a secret. She told him how she hated her husband but since the merchant is her husband she should show him gratitude. She said she needed to pay the merchant 100 francs and if she could not then she would die. She asked don john to lend her the money and if he did then she would repay him back anyway he wished. The monk gave her what she requested. Ironically the merchant generously gave the monk 100 francs and told him that its a gift but to pay him back when convenient. The next day the monk came back to the merchant house. The merchant was gone but his wife was there and told the monk that she would repay him by laying down in bed with him all night and so they did. The monk left and the next day the merchant came back to town. He needed more money and the monk said he had already given money to the merchants wife. The merchant was upset with his wife but she told him she would repay him and only in bed and there merchant was fine with that.

2. Lines that describe the Skippers appearance are...
In a woollen gown that reached his knee.
A dagger on a lanyard falling free
Hung from his neck under his arm and down.
The summer heat had tanned his color brown,
Many a draught of vintage, red and yellow

3. Lines to describe the Skipper's personality are
  • He rode a farmer's horse as best he could
  • And certainly he was and excellent fellow
  • The nicer rules of conscience he ignored
  • If, when he fought, the enemy vessel sank,

4. Specific parts of the tale that add to my understanding of the characters personality.

When he speaks of the merchant being so wise and rich think he may have been referring to himself also. Even when he spoke of the wife, i think that he may have had one like her or wishes he did which makes him either reminiscent because he thinks of her or just very imaginative because he wants someone like her.

5.Words that are spelled different in modern language.
A. Woollen is now spelled woolen.
B. Draght is now spelled draught.

Part 3: Passage Analysis== ==
1.I think that Chaucer admires this character.

2. My reason for belief of this is way that he describes the character. He uses his personal opinion of him.
ex. line 405: "And certainly he was an excellent fellow."

3. The word "lanyard" requires an understanding of vocabulary from the time period.
Lanyard means Cord.
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