A Comparison Of Corruption In The Canterbury Tales By Geoffrey Chaucer's Tale

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In Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, there are several stories told through pilgrims traveling to a shrine. Through his humorous telling of these tales, Chaucer attempts to comment on many issues that were prevalent during his life, especially religious officials’ corruption. Chaucer also presents what may seem shocking narratives of characters about their lives and the stories they will tell. In “The Wife of Bath’s Prologue” Chaucer presents an early feminist model in the title character who rebukes the religious men who condemn her for her numerous husbands. Chaucer also presents a character in the pardoner, who is well aware of his corruption as a religious official and even explains to the group how he cons people to give him money.…show more content…
It is established that the pilgrims will each tell a story to amuse the company on their journey. The stories that will be discussed in this essay include “The Knight’s Tale”, “The Wife of Bath’s Tale”, and “The Pardoner’s Tale”. In “The Knight’s Tale” a romantic story of two cousins who compete for the love of a beautiful young woman is told. Then, in “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” the older woman weaves an interesting tale of a dishonorable knight who is sent on a quest for knowledge. Finally, in “The Pardoner’s Tale” the story explains the fate of three greedy friends. All of these tales convey a message to the other pilgrims and to the…show more content…
Chaucer’s work, The Canterbury Tales, was written for the entire population to be able to read, which was a revolutionary idea during Chaucer’s time. His portrayal of the nobility and the church could have largely affected the peasant’s willingness to pay taxes, which would have been supplemented by the feelings that were still lingering from the Peasant’s Revolt some years earlier. Chaucer also uses the stories that are told through his characters to comment on the social climate and how England modeled itself after supposedly “great” societies in history. Much of the lower class’ attitudes are revealed through this novel and it is one of the only works that give us an insight into peasant life during this time
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