Chaucer 's The Church

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The General Prologue is piece of a larger text that displays Geoffrey Chaucer’s feelings towards the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church at the time of this text was in a period of great prosperity. As Chaucer introduces characters to the story, he gives descriptions about both physical and spiritual details. The Friar, the Pardoner, and the Prioress are all examples of corruption with the people operating within accordance of the Church. During the reading of this text it can be hard to get a clear read on Chaucer’s feelings, but after the completion of the General Prologue and piecing all of the information together; Chaucer shows more interest in sharing the corruption of the Church rather than the good side. The Church during Chaucer’s time period was generating massive amounts of revenue and corruption. This was a time period where there were multiple Popes running around throughout Europe. So, it is reasonable to see skepticism from Chaucer during this time. For example the Monk enjoyed hunting: Grehoundes he hadde as swift as fowl in flight. Of priking and of hunting for the hare Was al his lust, for no cost wolde he spare I sawgh his sleeves purfiled at the hand With gris, and that the fineste of a land (Chaucer, 191-196) Hunting during this time was quite expensive and was most likely a leisure activity for the wealthy. This Monk had greyhound dogs chasing after bunny rabbits, which seems a little odd for a public servant. The detail of the Monks
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