Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

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In The General Prologue, Geoffrey Chaucer introduces various characters representing different roles of society. These characters are vividly described and distinguished into three different classes: the military, nobles and knights, the church, priests, nuns, and monks, and the common people. Chaucer’s detailed descriptions built these complex characters who now carried his opinions of the different classes. Trough Chaucer’s contradicting description of the Prioresse, the reader questions the sincerity of church figures during this time, ultimately suggesting that the church was not genuine and full-filling but instead an institution too rigid to be capable of functioning. When the author describes Prioresse all of the factors seemed to be covered, including her behaviors, talents, weaknesses and physical attributes. Together these seem to form not only a complete but a complex portrait of the Prioresse. This image however is directly from the perspective of the narrator. The third person point of view can make the reader wonder how accurate the image is. The narration doesn’t include the Prioresse thoughts or anyone else’s for that matter. Because of this, one can say that the description is the author’s biased view on the character. The author uses the Prioresse and his other characters to bring forth a bigger societal issue. The first thing that the narrator mentions in his description is that the lady was a Prioresse. This is her first and most important label. A
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