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The Importance Of Social Class In The Canterbury Tales

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What importance does social class have over population as a whole, has it’s importance changed and if it hasn’t will it ever change? While reading The Canterbury Tales, many of these questions were answered before anyones could even create them through the stories of the Prioress, Parsons and the Knight. For instance, in modern day we place; the rich, famous, and politics in the upper class. But has that changed over time and do you think that it ever will? Many do believe that social class deficiency has changed and that it will not cease to change. Now, whether it’s changes for the better or worse, that’s for individuals to decide. In the Middle Ages, social classes consisted of about five groups; Royalty, Nobility, Church, Merchants, and Peasantry. As we learned during the reading, nobility and clergy were for the most part, interchangeable. It becomes evident that The Canterbury Tales were written about these five groups with stories and lives from each. Interaction between the social classes wasn’t unheard-of, but it wasn’t a generous interact, if that makes sense. If and higher class encountered a lower class, then the lower class was almost always treated as a lower class member. Social classes have changed, but how and why? For instance, while reading, the Prioress is constantly being shown with an attitude of a higher class member, “That in her cup no single speck was seen of grease, because she drank so neat.” (Chaucer 1861) In this it is evident that people
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