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Geoffrey Chaucer presents a realistic portrayal of the medieval period in The Canterbury Tales These details are especially accurate of the pilgrimages to Canterbury and the types of people who made them Whether the character and its description are based on actual historic figures then being called individuals or are more general portrayals types they give the reader a genuine idea of the medieval societyChaucer displays several aspects of this society a range of classes or groups different occupations medieval dress of various types of people the condition of the Church mainly in his opinion It can be understood which characters he sees as particularly good or bad from his use of satirical irony towards the dislikes The combination of description and opinion creates a realistic depictionThe many occupations include a Knight a Squire and a Yeoman of the feudal group There are also a Nun a Monk a Friar a Pardoner and a Summoner of the ecclesiastical order And of the urban group a Merchant an Oxford Cleric a Sergeant at the Law a Franklin a Haberdasher a Dyer a Carpenter a Weaver a Cook a Skipper a Doctor a Woman from Bath a Parson a Plowman a Reeve a Miller a Manciple and a Host Each is identified in a unique way The Knight for example is described as a distinguished warrior who is unexpectedly modest wearing dirty clothing reused after many battles whereas the Yeomans weapons and tools are described as being well equipped for the forest Comments are made to display the corruption of the Church in each passage concerning the clergy the Nun is only attempting to act like a loving person the Monk enjoys hunting and eating a fat swan roasted whole more than he should the Friar is the finest beggar of his batch The Skippers personality is what is told about him and a past event of making prisoners walk the plank is mentioned to support Chaucers
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