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Geoffrey Chaucer one of the greatest English poets wrote an unfinished masterpiece that was ranked as one of the worlds finest works of literature The Canterbury Tales Through Chaucers powers of characterizing the pilgrams such as the Monk Friar and the Parson come intensely alive He was a master storyteller and craftsman Chaucer points out how the great powers of the Medieval church were misused through criticism of the churchly members of the pilgrams in The Prologue to the The Canterbury Tales Chaucer points out what was good in The Prologue using the example of the Parson the perfect ideal The Parson was a man devoted to his congregation He was one Who truly knew Christs gospel and would preach it line 491 He was described as a wealthy and spiritual man Chaucer says There never was a better priest This quote shows how gratified he was with the Parson On the other hand Chaucer usedthe Monk to degrade the church Monks in the medieval period were expected to follow written monastic rules Chaucer being critical of the Monk says The Rule of good St Benet or St Maur as old and strict he tended to ignore He let go by the things of yesterday and took the modern worlds more spacious way He did not rate that text at a plucked hen which says that hunters are not holy men 177 Chaucer wants the readers to know how the Monk ignored the rules and was not obedient He had a very poor behavior He describes the Monks appearance as being So did his face as if it had been greased He was a fat and personable priest His prominent eyeballs never seemed to settleline 203 Unlike the Parson who was a poor man Chaucer points out how the Monk was selfish and had a stronger love for everything else but God Chaucer says Was all his fun he spared for no expense I
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