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The Canterbury Tales was a novel written by Geoffery Chaucer in 1386 In the prologue to Chaucers work he describes certain characters using the literary device known as satire His descriptions of the characters do a few different things First they give the reader an accurate vision of the time period that the novel takes place fourteenth-century England through the context of the character descriptions such as their dress Second his characterizations reflect Chaucers own personality one of wit and humor but also of seriousness Chaucers own personality diffuses from his pen and onto the paper allowing readers take notice of the satire in his work If Chaucer does not feel that the life style of a character is one of great morality one can tell through his use of satiric humor He seems to know exactly how to get his point across about his feelings of a character but without being bitter He shows certain characters phoniness conceitedness etc To prove my above thesis I will give three examples of characters that Chaucer has described using satire in the prologue to the Canterbury Tales One of the characters that Chaucer describes with great use of satire is the Monk As we all know monks devote their life to God and seek to follow his example of unconditional love Chaucers Monk however is not a typical monk You would think that a monk would be a loving peaceful person However Chaucers monk is a hunter an animal killer who finds it enjoyable to murder Gods creatures Hunting is a worldly persuit of which monks are not supposed to take active interest in Monks are also supposed to take a vow of poverty but he spared not expense in buying the most expensive and exquisite hunting equipment and apparel Another ironic thing about the monk is that there is a set of regulations and rules for monks to abide by which was set by Saint Benedict
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