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Geoffrey Chaucer has created a wide variety of characters in The Canterbury Tales in order to explain the status of the existing classes in the society of his own time What makes The Canterbury Tales such u unique story is the technique the author uses describing his characters He has a great sense of humor and it is the humor he uses as a weapon to ridicule those characters who use societys weaknesses to their own benefits A perfect example of the aforementioned fact would be the Doctor A doctor too emerged as we proceed No one alive could talk as well as he did On points of medicine and surgery For being grounded in astronomy p 73 Chaucer portrays the doctor as a man of great knowledge yet his knowledge on medicine is based on astrology which is a science that would be of no help when it comes to curing patients suffering from different diseases As we advance in Chaucers description of this particular character it is obvious that the doctor was not interested helping his patients rather he was more concerned how much money would he be able to earn from them He gave the man the medicine than and there All his apothecaries in a tribe were ready with the drugs he would prescribe and each made money from the others guile p 73 Before getting into any details it is important to realize that in Chaucers time education was not a primary concern for society in general Thus suffering people living in the darkness of ignorance had no other choice other than acting upon the doctors advice Therefore the whole idea of doctor-patient relationship was nothing but a scheme intended to earn an easy way of living for the doctor and his pharmacist friends simply by using societys lack of knowledgeOn the other hand the doctor tries to build a good and solid reputation in society as if he must
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