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The importance of religion in the Nuns Priests Tale in the Canterbury Tales was to give the citizens morals to help them discern between whats good and whats evil Religion was not necessarily helpful to unite a town as a constitution might do although religion had that effectiveness if the people were willing for it In Oedipus the importance of religion was omnipresent from birth to death as the peoples gods held their fate This view is contrasting to Christianity in the Nuns Priests Tale because whereas Christianity allows people to choose their path in life without knowing theyre condemned paganism in Oedipus automatically handed out a persons destiny without being allowed to reverse the gods decision Besides having different perspectives of religion in the two stories they are similar because both religions expect the people to have faith without challenging its rules or beliefs Having and keeping true faith in religion will influence how you live This is true in both stories In the Nuns Priests Tale the pious nun Cecilia decides to live a life of virtue with her husband who cannot touch her in love or lust unless he is baptized by the excommunicated Pope The husband does and is allowed to be with his wife Not only does religion set standards of living but also brings the husband and wife closer together Being the opposite Oedipus has an absolute lack of faith By disbelieving Oedipus disregards everything that he is told which makes his gods angry and punishes him Persevering without losing any faith keeps the mind spiritually strong as is present in Cecilia and her husband when a high church official demands that they renounce their faith They didnt back down but took a stand against what they believed was evil Again Oedipus acts completely different as he is too prideful to believe what everyone including the gods told him Cecilia and her husband as well as Oedipus beliefs were
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