Canterbury Tales Character Analysis

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The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer is a collection of stories referring to a group of pilgrims on a journey to the Canterbury Cathedral. Geoffrey Chaucer, the author was born in the year of 1343 in the beautiful city of London, and later died on October 25th in 1400. Geoffrey began his adulthood fighting for england in the Hundred Years' War. After the war he pursued his passion in writing and English literature, beginning known as the “Father of English”. His favorite style was Vernacular Literature. He is also the first poet to be buried in Westminster Abbey’s Poets Corner.
Throughout the Pardoner’s Tale he preaches about greed, drinking, blasphemy, and gambling but in the Pardoner’s Prologue he admits to committing these sins himself. In the Tale itself the pardoner also condemns to people who drink and says, “Witness the Bible, which is most express/That lust is bred of wine and drunkenness”. Each character's tale is started with an introduction to the characters story, followed by their story, and then an epilogue, which wraps the story up… The characters tell the other characters the theme they will be addressing, and then the conclusion they can draw from that theme, Morality is a major theme present in these tales. The characters are introduced in a descending order of morality, where they are also split into three classes: the clergy, the nobility, and the peasants and commoners. The reason Chaucer uses social commentary when describing the characters in the prologue is for example the knights are supposed to be chivalrous and noble, but instead the chaucer describes his knights as such. The reason 29 men are on there way to the Canterbury Cathedral is to visit the Shrine of St. Thomas Becket. During their voyage they all share multiple stories, a bright idea is brought up to make a wager saying they will give a prize to the person who tells the best story.
Geoffrey Chaucer, reexamines those who play a more stereotypical role in the book than others and help re-create a new role for them to be twisted into society with. Chaucer discusses different stereotypes and separates his characters from the social norm by giving them highly ironic and/or unusual characteristics. Specifically, in the

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