Satire In The Canterbury Tales Essay

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Chaucer was a Harsh Dude
(An analysis of Chaucer's use of satire and his attack on institutions in the Canterbury Tales) In the 1300’s, a man named Geoffrey Chaucer entered the scene of literature. He is known as the Father of English Literature and is the first poet to be buried in Westminster Abbey. A scholar states, “Many literary scholars consider Geoffrey Chaucer to be the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages,”(Chambers). Why is Chaucer so influential in English culture and Western literature? Geoffrey Chaucer wrote his Canterbury Tales in the common language of the people. At this time in England, English was a spoken language, and most things that were written down, were written in Latin. Chaucer wrote his Tales in the common language of English and set a standard for spelling, as The Canterbury Tales, is one of the first written tales in middle English. Chaucer is most known, however, for his use of satire in his Tales. Chaucer brilliantly weaved a story together from different personas, using this facade to hide behind. Chaucer uses his satire and his characters to challenge common culture and to attack church hypocrisy, the patriarchy, and class nobility. With his character, the Pardoner, Chaucer uses satire to reveal church hypocrisy to the common people. A majority of the lower class in 1300s England believed everything the church told them, but Chaucer saw friars and priests abusing their powers for their own personal gain. People of the upper class often
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