Religion In Geoffrey Chaucer's 'The Canterbury Tales'

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Marvin Phillips Jr. Norma Adcock English 4 December 3 Canterbury Tales Research Paper As Geoffrey Chaucer explored the land of Canterbury, he observed the lifestyle and characteristics of their culture. The Canterbury Tales expressed the writer’s opinion about the newly seen town. Of all the interesting moments of his trip, the church had caught his attention. The church was based off certain vows there were promised to maintain the Catholic religion. The vows were to be followed by certain church members and workers the vows of poverty, chastity, obedience, and stability were to be followed at all times. The vow of poverty was a promise of owning no riches or worldly possessions. The vow was to keep…show more content…
The monk again, ignores what was right and chose to live the life of satisfaction. Chaucer said, “The rule of good St. Benet or St. Maur/ as old and strict he tended to ignore;/ and took the modern world’s more spacious way.” (line 177-180) This would be a major crime in the modern society. The friar often lived his own life while hustling and begging to get what he wanted. “He had a message from the pope./ sweetly he heard his penitents at shift/ with pleasant absolution, for a gift.”(line 224-226) He was ever prompt to arbitrate disputes on settling days (for a small fee) in many helpful ways.” “Natural gifts like his were hard march./ he was the finest beggar of his batch.” (line 255-256) This showed the measure of desperation and will he had to have what others had. The oxford cleric stayed once again, true to his word. The author expressed this by saying “Whatever money from his friends he took/ he spent on learning or another book/ and prayed for them most earnestly, returning/ thanks to them thus for paying form his learning.” (line 309-312) The cleric was proud and thankful for what he was given, therefore he gave back. “A tone of moral virtue filled his speech/ and gladly teach.” (line 317-319) I felt he should have been a great influence on everyone else because of level

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