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The Monk and the Parson of The Canterbury Tales

analytical Essay
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The Monk and the Parson of The Canterbury Tales

In the prologue, The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer is about

the pilgrimage of many different characters to Canterbury. Chaucer writes

about the characters' personalities and their place on the social ladder.

The Monk and the Parson are examples of how Chaucer covered the spectrum of

personalities. The Monk is self-centered, while the Parson cares for the

sick and poor.

In The Canterbury Tales, the Monk acts like he is part of the upper

class of society. He is very tan, he likes to hunt, and he has horses.

All of these traits are symbols of wealth and prestige. "His palfrey was

as brown as is a berry." (P 120 line 211) This shows that the Monk spends

a lot of time outside, only men who are wealthy can afford to relax or hunt

outside. Hunters are not considered holy men because they kill for

entertainment and pleasure. The common man spends his day working for what

little wages he can earn. The Monk also had horses, which is another sign

of wealth. "This Monk was therefore a good man to horse;" (p 120 line 193)

Very few men in that period had enough time to learn and ride horses. All

of these extravagancies are against the oath the Monk took for the Church.

The Monk was also lazy and disliked working. Monks, in general,

are hard working and are willing to help the less fortunate. The Monk also

ignored the monastic rules set up by St. Benedict.

The Rule of good St. Benet or St. Maur

As old and strict he tended to ignore;

P 120, lines 177-178

This shows that the Monk is interested in the pleasures of life, and not

his duty as a monk. He is worthless in the eyes of Chaucer and he dislikes

the Monk very much.

The Parson was a poor man who gave what little he could to the

other poor people of his town. He knew the teachings of the Bible and

Christ, and preached to whoever was willing to listen. He followed the

Bible in life and he believed that a priest must be trustworthy.

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that chaucer's monk is worthless in his eyes and dislikes him.
  • Explains that the parson was a poor man who gave what little he could to the poor.
  • Analyzes how the monk in the canterbury tales acts like he is part of the upper class of society. he is tan, hunts, and has horses.
  • Analyzes how the monk spends a lot of time outside, only wealthy men can afford to relax or hunt.
  • Opines that the monk was a good man to horse. very few men in that period had enough time to learn and ride horses.
  • Analyzes how he led by example for all of the other people in town by not having a rich life.
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