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The Catholic Church Through The Eyes of Geoffrey Chaucer Geoffrey Chaucer uses some of the characters in the Canterbury Tales The Prologue in Chaucers Canterbury Tales to point out his view of what was right and wrong within the Church during his time He uses the Prioress Monk Friar Summoner and Pardoner to illustrate what he saw wrong within the Church Chaucer uses the Clerk Parson and the Plowman to illustrate the attributes the Church should possess The Prioress is a nun who is probably equal to the rank of Mother Superior She does not show the humility or dedication to God Her compassion is shown towards animals She makes sure her animals eat the best meats She is more focused on natural love than agape love by the brooch she wears which says Love conquers all She does not spend her time fasting because the author lets us know that she is fat In correlation to the Church the Prioress shows the Churchs lack of dedication and humility towards God The Church is more concerned with matters which do not deal with the deliverance of the human soul Like the Prioress the Monk does not walk in his calling He is the monasterys outrider This position allows him to roam the countryside at his will Instead of being separate from the world he is of the world He loves to hunt and enjoys riding his horse He does not value the teachings of his monastery because he feels they are somewhat strict The Monk does not like to study Why should he study and drive himself mad Over a book in a cloister always to pour Or work with his hands and labor As St Augustine bids How shall the world be served Let Augustine have his work to himself reserved 12-13 Chaucer sees the Church through the Monk as being more involved in its own affairs The Church has
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