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The Vices of the Clergy The period of the Medieval brought to a us a series of great literature Much of the literature is now lost due to many years of re-telling The surviving tales however tell about the life of the era The Medieval period which lasted from 1100-1500 brought many stories and epic poems Geoffrey Chaucer during the period had created his masterpiece The Canterbury Tales This poem illustrates how the Medievel period was a time of corrupt power hungry people that were characters of sloth greed and gluttony The first sin often displayed by the characters is sloth The Oxford Cleric demonstrated this particular sin throughout the poem The Oxford Cleric was guilty of sloth in that He found no preferment in the church and he was too unworldly to make search for secular employment 302-304 The Oxford Cleric was also a man of sloth due to the fact that Whatever money from his friends he took he spent on learning or another book and prayed for them most earnestly returning thanks to them thus for paying for his learning 309-312 instead of advising them to repent for their sins The Summoner another character was also a man of slothful value He would allow for just a quart of wine Any young lad to keep a concubine 665-666 demonstrates his sluggardly beliefs The Summoner had created a way for himself to be a slothful person Instead of punishing people for their sins he let them go in return for some wine The characters of the tale were quite corrupted Not only were they slothful but perhaps even worse they were taken much by greed The Pardoner a greed hungry character often would do bizarre activities in order to receive money He was a greedy man in the way that Hed have to preach and tune his honey-tongue And well he could win silver from the crowd Thats why he sang merrily
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