The Canterbury Tales By Geoffrey Chaucer

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It is unknown when Geoffrey Chaucer wrote The Canterbury Tales, but it is assumed that he wrote it in 1387. There are many different aspects and themes throughout this paper that are very prominent. One theme that is very important is the importance of company. This entire tale is about twenty-nine pilgrims who all tell tales while on a pilgrimage to the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket in Canterbury. The importance of company is that this is a pilgrimage that requires companions and friendship. Though they are not a tightly knit group of friends, they all keep one another company on this long and treacherous journey. The most important theme that will begin the discussion throughout this paper is the corruption of the church. Chaucer shows many different aspects of the church in this tale. He displays different characters that show different sides of the church. Starting off with the most obvious character that best relates to the church is the Pardoner. In this time period, it was the Pardoner’s job to grant papal indulgences. Papal indulgences are a sacrament that one can purchase in order to rid themselves of guilt of their sin and quite possibly lessen their time in hell. These sacraments were given by the church in order to raise more money for the Pope. The Pardoner in this story is greedy and selfish. He most likely is keeping the money he makes off of the papal indulgences since he also has a sketchy side business. He sells pieces of clothing and other odd items that…
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