Chaucer 's The Canterbury Tales

1064 WordsDec 9, 20165 Pages
Geoffrey Chaucer, The Author of the Canterbury Tales, is known as the Father of English Literature and is one of the greatest English Poets of the Middle Ages. Chaucer was a soldier, a diplomat, a civil servant, and a courtier, enabling him to experience different aspects of each social ranking, which he demonstrated through his poetry. The Canterbury Tales, his most famous work, is a collection of short stories within a frame story, making for an interesting and memorable narrative about 29 pilgrims and their journey to Canterbury. Chaucer included a variation of personalities, which helped to define each of the social classes in The Middle Ages. Each character were to tell two tales on the journey to Canterbury and two tales returning from Canterbury. Chaucer portrays charitable characteristics through the Plowman and the Parson and opposite traits such as selfishness and corrupt behavior through the Monk, Manciple, Friar and Pardoner. Chaucer combined each social class to exemplify the differences of each character, whether charitable or selfish, which shed light to the discrepancy between how one acts versus how one is perceived. Chaucer captures the charitable and honorable aspect of the Middle Ages through characters such as the Plowman and The Parson. The Parson and The Plowman are holy minded men and charitable despite their impoverished lifestyle. These brothers add an aspect of holiness and honesty to the tales, fully embodying the Pious class of the social
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