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The General Prologue of the Canterbury Tales satirizes almost every character that Chaucer introduced Each person fits into one of four character descriptions three of which are satires But what are these descriptions and what characters fit into which One of the character descriptions is the Perfect character These were people that excelled at what they did with little faults They had an established reputation and were looked up to by others The Knight is one such example He is the epitome of Christian chivalry and a perfect nobleman but still remains a humble person In a period of relatively fixed social classes he could wear plain clothing and associate with whomever he wants and would still remain noble There was no satire whatsoever in his description as well with the Squire and the Yeoman whom he traveled with These were Ideal characters People that were much like the Knight and the Squire but had minor faults were portrayed with a gentle satire A good example of this was the prioress who was very polite and kind but didnt do her job as she should have She shows much compassion for living things and especially animals Setting her eyes upon a dead mouse she begins to shriek a gross over-reaction to a small tragedy Also the money that she possesses is supposed to go to help the poor but she uses it instead to feed her dogs quality meats The nun is a good person with a large heart but loses sight of what she should be doing and therefore fails to be perfect Chaucers other satirical use the third was comical is much more of a serious satire than with the previous pilgrims Generally these were religious people with power over souls and a few of them abused it Instead of using their wealth and status to help the poor they used it to enrich their own lives and gain respect
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