The Parson’s character is described differently than any other character. There is nothing throughout the poem that suggests the Parson has anything but good intentions. “There was, and poor, the Parson to a town, / Yet he was rich in holy thought and work” (Lines 489-491). The description Chaucer provides about the Parson is that although he is very poor, the Parson is continuously devout to his religion: “rich in holy thought and work.” The Parson also does not live the luxurious life; instead he lives a life of simplicity. [“…both from church offerings and his property [were how he lived]”] (Lines 13-14). Overall, the Parson is a poor priest who lives off of what he has. He is never doubtful about his life as Chaucer says, “No scrupulosity had spiced his feelings” (Line 536). In life, some m...
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...tal, and pig bones. These are supposed to represent Mary’s veil, the cross, and the holy bones of saints. However, these are all tangible things. He tricks the reader in thinking that he is doing good and he tricks the people of that time to give money to the church in such a discrete way that if it were to be read quickly, his trickery would not be noticed.
Both the descriptions of the Parson and the Pardoner give the reader different thoughts about each of them. Chaucer does not simply tell the reader who they are and how they live, but the reader must decode the clues given by tone and other literary devices. Sometimes things aren’t always as they seem. By reading literature and trying to find the clues to what the author is trying to say, one will always encounter new types of characters, people and ideas that will become engrained in one’s minds forever.
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