Theme Of Religion In The Canterbury Tales

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The Canterbury tales collection by Geoffrey Chaucer presents varied characters that each one have to tell a tale in their way to Canterbury, those characters belongs to different social, religious classes. In the time of many religious social differences has happened, such as the raise of doubt towards corrupted churches and religion in general, it could be noticed how Chaucer portrays the characters in several different ways, there are the good heroine characters, the low class characters, the holly religious characters, the corrupted greedy characters and so on. Through roaming in the Canterbury tales collection, there were several tales were told by religious characters that have drawn my attention to it, such as the Prioress's Tale and the second Nun's Tale. Both of these tales opened my eyes to notice how Chaucer uses the concept of religion in an ambiguous way to serve his portrayed aim behind each tale. Therefore, in this paper I tend…show more content…
the Prioress starts her tale with saying: " Ther was in Asye, in a greet citee, Amonges Cristene folk a Jewerye, Sustened by a lord of that contree, For foule usure and lucre of vileynye, Hateful to Crist and to his compaignye; And thurgh the strete men myghte ride or wende, For it was free and open at eyther ende" (Chaucer 488-494). She is saying that in this great city of Asia, that contains a Christian people; there are Jews, who are corrupted and are living for shaming proposes, for money and material causes. By saying that there is a great city of Christian that contains Jews, the reader could notice the racism toward Jews, in the linguistic way of telling the story; it is like the Jews are the black spot in this great city of
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