Chaucer And The Roman Catholic Church

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Chaucer and the Roman Catholic Church In the years of the Middle Ages, the Roman Catholic Church reigned. It not only influenced people 's lives, but in some ways led them. From what they believed, how they treated women, how they worked, and how they prayed, the Roman Catholic Church obviously had a large influence. We know this today by simply reading the reading the literature from that period, whether it is simple poems like Beowulf or Dream of the Rood, or bigger stories such as Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. These stories are riddled with Catholic teachings and mentions, whether they 're brought up in a good light, or a negative one. Oddly enough, we rarely see the latter. One of the few stories that do show Roman Catholic…show more content…
As the Wife explains, she used her sexual power to dominate her husbands. In an essay put out by Portland state University, it says that "In the Middle Ages, many members of the Church began to see sex and lust as a sin created by The Fall." This is further shown in Scripture itself in many places, one of them being 2 Corinthians 12:21: "I am afraid that when I come again my God will humble me before you, and I will be grieved over many who have sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual sin and debauchery in which they have indulged." 2 Corinthians 12:21 Another, shorter verse, would be Ephesians 5: 3: "But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God 's holy people." Ephesians 5:3 The Wife of Bath, though she was of the Roman Catholic Church herself, went against this. Her argument in justifying herself is simply this: there are plenty of people in the Bible that used their sexual power to dominate others, such as David, Solomon, and many others. If they could do it, why couldn 't she? Giving such an argument, she twists the very Scripture that the Church teaches. The question then is, if she was in the Catholic Church, why was she allowed to continue with her sexual dealings? With this character, Chaucer hints at a small corruption in the Church, that there were people who as members of it, were allowed to live in horrid sins
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