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The Friar Portrait

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Introduction

The Friar Portrait The Friar Portrait Chaucer's portrait of the Friar as one of a self indulgent man who commits various sins and applies his entire existence to the pursuit of attaining profit. Not only does it describe his morally corrupt nature but also the Friars lack of commitment to the principles of his profession. He is a "wantowne" which means that the Friar is sociable. However, the word also implies that he may be a wanton which would portray him as sexually promiscuous. These are not characteristics that befit a religious man as he is mean to be simplistic and his main aim in life should be to preach rather than socialise or be sexually promiscuous. ...read more.

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Instead the Friar uses religion for personal gains and is actually unreligious as he commits such sin. He is a pretentious and dishonest man. Chaucer describes that the Friar led a pleasurable way of life. The Friar commits venal sin as he seduces village girls. Chaucer's lecherous Friar has arranges marriages of many young girls whom he had seduced. His hood is always stuffed with knives which he gives to pretty wives. The Friar is very familiar with the rich and powerful men of his town. He claims to have more power to hear a confession han a parson does and his absolution is pleasant since he easily grants pardon whenever he is certain of a good offering. ...read more.

Conclusion

The proceeds of his begging were far greater than the rent that he paid to the church. During "love-dayes" which were days for settling disputes amicably the Friar participated. This is an indirect criticism since the readers know that the Friar does not associate with the poor. The Friar is wearing a well pressed double worsted coat. His name is Hubert and he lisps in order to make his speech sound sweet. His eyes twinkle in his head like stars in a frosty night. Chaucer's ironic portrait of the merry, sweet, pleasant and worthy Friar is ironic as it is only a mask which the Friar wears on the exterior. Internally the Friar is a corrupt dishonest and disloyal person to his religion as he clearly lives in contrast to Christian behaviour and principles. ...read more.

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