Hypocritical Tendencies in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

analytical Essay
621 words
621 words

In the Canterbury Tales, Chaucer introduces a variety of characters with a multitude of personalities. From the despicable Summoner to the abrasive Miller, these characters are created with their own personalities and their own human failings. One common fault that characters share is hypocrisy. From pretending to be wealthy to cheating the poor out of money, hypocritical tendencies are abundant in the Canterbury Tales. Throughout the story, Chaucer ridicules the human criticizes the human failing of hypocrisy through the examples of the Pardoner, the Merchant, and the Friar.
One character Chaucer uses to ridicule hypocrisy is the Pardoner. Throughout the description of the pardoner, it is shown that he is corrupt. He uses lies and flattery to take advantage of people, often by selling them fake holy relics: “And with these relics, any time he found some poor up-country parson to astound, on one short day, in money down, he drew more than the parson in a month or two, and by his flatteries and prevarication made monkeys out of the priest and congregation” (115, 721-726). The ...

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how chaucer introduces a variety of characters with personalities and their own human failings in the canterbury tales. he ridicules the human by criticizing the hypocrisy of the pardoner, merchant, and friar.
  • Analyzes how chaucer ridicules the hypocrisy of the pardoner. he uses lies and flattery to take advantage of people, often by selling fake holy relics.
  • Analyzes chaucer's use of the merchant as an example of hypocrisy.
  • Analyzes how chaucer's friar is one of the biggest examples of hypocrisy in the story. he takes advantage of his position and shuns his duties to benefit himself.
  • Analyzes how chaucer's characters show that people are not always what they first appear to be. the lying pardoner, the poor merchant, and the swindling friar are prime examples of people who lie and manipulate to create a false persona.
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