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The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer demonstrates the diverse personalities in society The ability of all people to relate to the characters makes their themes understandable In the Prologue Chaucer introduces briefly the characters of the work Each character uniquely presents traits and themes all can apply This paper focuses on the following three characters of the Friar the Oxford Cleric and the Merchant from the many that inhabit the work Chaucer describes the Friar as a ideal religious person a wanton one and merry and So glib with gallant phrase and well turned speech until examined closer He later appears a hypocrite He was an easy man in penance-giving where he could hope to make a decent living Its a sure sign whenever gifts are given to a poor Order that a mans well shrivenlines 227-230 states that the Friar takes indulgences It goes on to say He knew the taverns well in every town and every innkeeper and barmaid too which one can conclude that he broke a few vows here and there The Friars character portrays is a pious and a two-faced man who presents one thing but behind the scenes exactly opposes that fescade The Friar and the Merchant in a way share the same theme The Merchant describes a wreck motley dress Boastfully He told of his opinions and pursuits In solemn tones and how he never lost one can interpret this as haughtiness or a front to hide the truth that he is poor His wits at work none knew he was in debt As many people do for many situations the Merchant makes up himself because he may be ashamed As we all know this can not last for long because one can not hide the truth for long Lastly the Oxford Cleric who immediately presents a dull and boring character But had a hollow look a sober stare He represents one of
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