Canterbury Tales Essay

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Trung Nguyen English 12p Mr. Cohen English 12 Paper #2 An interesting aspect in the famous literary work, "The Canterbury Tales," is the comparison of realistic and exaggerated qualities that Chaucer gives to each of his characters. Most of which are sinful such as The monk and the Pardoner, Or The considerate being like the parson. In the Canterbury tales, the monk is very self-centered. He has the extravagancies of a horse, the desire of hunting which is for the wealthy, instead of studying, praying and work. These were against the oath the Monk took for the Church. He was interested in the pleasures of life and Chaucer viewed him as worthless and disliked him. The monk will never follow the rules because they are against what he likes to do. The monk’s sins are obvious; he should live a life of deprivation and hard work. He instead chooses to live a life of luxury and ease. The Monk shamelessly indulged in his out-of-character hobbies such as riding by dressing richly for it with lined sleeves, expensive gray fur and a gold pin fastened under his chin. He wore a double breasted cloak with a Flemish beaver hat. The Monk loved eating and dressing well, with bright eyes, a supple boots and horses in the best shape. His favorite food was a fat swan as a roast. The Monk is known throughout the land, particularly by men and women of a higher class. This sort of social contact was frowned upon by the Church, yet he continued to do as he wanted, all the while still praying and walking as a man held to the Church. To sum it up the Monk is represented as being greedy, extravagant and selfish all the while still doing his job as a devotee of God and assuring people absolution if they pay a fee of money value. The pardoner was a proud man. While others were not as educated as he was, the pardoner spoke in Latin to show off his linguistic ability. His

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