Morality In The Canterbury Tales

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There have been many questions about the moral, ethical and religious views of the Wife of bath, the Pardoner, and the Oxford Clerk. These three characters from, The Canterbury Tale, by Chaucer displays morals that are still relevant to the world today. These elementary morals have been taught since a young age, causing these morals to be embedded in one’s mind and making these morals, fundamental morals that one should practice in life.
One such moral that is still valid in today’s world comes from the Wife of Bath’s tale. During her tale a similar moral kept on showing, and this was how women desired “sovereignty” over men. From the prologue it is definite that the wife of bath has experience with relation because she was married five times …show more content…

Further, If a man does not pass her expectations, then she would either end or reject the relationship. Similarly, this is the same way the Wife of Bath feels because during the prologue she states, “‘We cannot love a husband who takes charge Of where we go. We like to be at large’”(Chaucer 285). Wife of bath believes that with sovereignty both the man and the woman could achieve true happiness. In addition, in the prologue she supports her views on marriage by using the bible,” No word of what the number to be, Then why not marry two or even eight?”(277). Hence, She must believe in the Bible because she and the sacred scripture to support ethical views. People today might not use the bible to justify the marriage history because in today’s world, having an ex husband is acceptable by the society, while, during her time it was not acceptable.
Another moral standard that is still valid in today’s world shows up in the Pardoner’s tale. In this tale the main moral is, greed is the root to all evil. Not to mention, additional moral that is present in the tale is, gluttony, drunkenness, gambling and swearing are moral vices that should be avoided. The pardoner preaches all of his morals to others, but he is hypocritical when it comes to him following his morals. Consequently, his Moral views and Ethical views collide because he thinks one way and does the

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