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What do we learn about religion from studying the general prologue of The Canterbury Tales, With reference to two of the characters, the prioress and the Monk?

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What do we learn about religion from studying the general prologue of The Canterbury Tales, With reference to two of the characters, the prioress and the Monk? Geoffrey Chaucer was born in 1340, his family were from London. Chaucer became a page in royal court and was educated with highly experience of people around him from the very rich to the ordinary working man helped him to write the Canterbury Tales. The Canterbury Tales is a framework story. It is about a group of pilgrims who go on a pilgrimage to Canterbury. While at the Tabard Inn, on the night before the journey, Chaucer describes them, The Monk and the Prioress are two of the pilgrims travelling with Chaucer. ...read more.

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Chaucer says that the prioress ate her meal with elegance, he said she had beautiful manners and that she was entertaining to watch, 'Mate wel y taught was she with alla,' 'Amyable of port.' Later on in the text Chaucer comments about her beauty on a number of occasions. Nuns have to take a vow of poverty and should not have any possessions. Clearly she possesses make-up and fine clothes. God should be the Centre of her life and she should only be doing things he wants her to do. Chaucer thinks that the prioress isn't acting and behaving as she should and that she should forget about the pilgrimage to Canterbury and start to learn once again about being a nun. ...read more.

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This monk was fashionable and enjoyed best quality food. 'A fat swan love he best of any roast.' Swans were very expensive, so he must have eaten this while he was out doing the work of the church. He was caring for his freedom, not commitment while he should have been caring for the poor not indulging himself. Although Chaucer wrote the Canterbury Tales about 600 years ago, it is still valid today. The nun and the Monk speak for themselves, they say that human nature doesn't change and that some people will always be greedy and selficha dns some people will be nice and kind, this was Chaucer's job, to show them up in his writings. Katrina Morris-10N ...read more.

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