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The Importance Of Social Class In Canterbury Tales

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Social classes have divided society for ages. Chaucer wrote about the division of societies social classes by developing characters who tell their tales as they pilgrimage to Canterbury. Chaucer wrote Canterbury Tales during Medieval Times, when society was broken into three classes known as the three estates. The three estates was known as a feudal system, because they grouped people into these classes by what they did for a living or by how much money they had. These estates included nobles, peasants, and the clergy. “Each of these groups had its own role. The nobles were primarily fighters, belonging to an honored society distinct from the freemen and serfs who made up the peasantry.” (History-world. org. 2017) The middle class was drastically increasing and becoming a diverse class, due to the 'Black Death', unstable economy, and political differences. Disease was the major contributor to the change of the social classes in the middle ages. “ The Black Death arrived in Europe by sea in October 1347 when 12 Genoese trading ships docked at the Sicilian port of Messina after a long journey through the Black Sea.” (Plague, 2017) Without the knowledge or the understanding of the plague and how to cure or avoid it, people fled their homes, and millions of other people and animals ultimately died. “By this logic, the only way to overcome the plague was to win God's forgiveness. Some people believed that the way to do this was to purge their communities of heretics
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