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Chaucer

Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales embodies Middle Age ideas while incorporating his own values. He conveys these ideas and values by creating stories for twenty nine different men and women taking the religious pilgrimage to the Canterbury Cathedral. These characters include immoral clergymen, poor, yet virtuous farmers, an honorable knight and more. Chaucer’s value of honesty, humility, and hard work juxtaposes Middle age ideas such as religion, wealth and hierarchy.
Religion plays an important role in Medieval times, being a moral guide for all people to live by. In fact the characters of Canterbury tales are taking their religious pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral, where Thomas Becket was martyred. However, Chaucer notices the corruption in religion and many of his characters in the tales hold religious office. Most of these members, except the Parson, contravene their vows of chastity and morality, and live an immoral life that does not reflect the Church. He presents this in the Prologue when the narrator talks about the Pardoner; a Pardoner is someone who travels sellin...
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