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The Friar and the Summoner Throughout The Canterbury Tales author Geoffrey Chaucer introduces several unique and diverse characters Chaucer unites tradesmen landowners church official and many more to create a hierarchy of characters The author builds a hierarchy based on his judgement of the individuals condition and personality He exalts and admires the true and honest yet satirizes the greedy and deceitful characters While creating this hierarchy Chaucer chooses two individuals to represent the two main institutions that he viewed to be corrupt in the 14th Century Chaucer delineates his resentment of the Church and Monarchy through the Friar and the Summoner Chaucers physical description of the Friar and the Summoner reveal the corruption and evil in both characters In the general prologue Bother Hubert appears adorned with clothes better suited for a pope than the poor scholar he should portray Chaucer explains Of double-worsted was the semi-cope Upon his shoulders and the swelling fold About him like a bell about its mold When it is casting rounded out his dress Chaucer ll 270-273 The Friar dressed in a finely pressed garment basks in luxury instead of shunning personal gain In A Readers Guide to Geoffrey Chaucer author Muriel Browden speculates The Friar appeared unsuitably but typically-evidently as Chaucer saw them in the streets of London or journeying about the English countryside 113 Brother Hubert represents Chaucers resentment of the common 14th Century friar Huberts obvious corruption represents Chaucer frustration with the current hypocrisy of the Church Chaucers question of validity is also prevalent in the case of the monarchys Summoner With the least flattering description the Summoner appears to be the most despicable of all the characters in the General Prologue Barons Booknotes reads Chaucer has saved the worst for last The reader can instantly tell that the Summoner is grossly debauched he has a fire-red pimply face and loves garlic onions leeks and wine red as blood Baron 4 Chaucer gross description of
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