In the Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer utilizes the immoral character of the Pardoner to tell the utmost moral tale through satirical devices, presenting the true greed and hypocrisy that runs throughout the Church, regardless of it attempt to cover it. Chaucer introduces the hypocrisy within the Church through the characterization of the Pardoner, as he is explained to be a man with, “flattery and equal japes./He made the parson and the rest his apes” (“General Prologue” 607-608). “Japes” are tricks, alluding to the Pardoner’s relics, as they are fake; yet, the Pardoner still sells these relics to the Church members as genuine treasures. This creates dramatic irony, because the character of the Church body is unaware of the situation bestowed
Throughout history, authors have used the characters in their stories as an example for how society should behave. In the Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer warns society about the seven deadly sins that grow from pride, including anger, gluttony, sloth, envy, lust, and avarice. Each pilgrim is guilty of at least one of these sins, and tells a cautionary tale detailing the consequences of possessing such a sin. Even the holiest of pilgrims possess a deadly sin. The pardoner, a representative of the Church who raises money for religious works by selling relics and pardons for the forgiveness of people’s sins, is far from the holy man he is supposed to be.
The greatest important ideals were “honor, loyalty, courage, mercy, a commitment to the well being of the community and the avoidance of shame and dishonor” (Bloom, 2000). Chivalry was considered to be the standard, not the misfit. “Only the finest men of the upper class were held to this standard of behavior and they took their responsibility very seriously” (Bloom, 2000). One area of study that must be addressed regarding chivalry codes is Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales (1387). Chaucer wrote in his book about knights and the qualities they were to possess.
The line between losing and keeping your integrity is extremely fine and small. John Patrick Shanley supports this statement in his play Doubt. The play Doubt outlines the accusation of molestation of Mr. Flynn who is a priest. In the play there are a plethora of details and inferences to be found that either support or refute Mr. Flynn’s guilt. Based upon the evidence I discovered in Doubt, it is apparent that Father Flynn is guilty due to his overfriendliness towards Donald Muller as well as the presence of metaphorical signs.
The main opposition of the virtue of charity, is the deadly sin of greed. Greed is mainly a sin due to a person’s overwhelming desire for something. The Catholic Church sees greed as an overwhelming desire for something, but also in striving to claim what they desire. Greed is the opposite of charity. Thomas Aquinas defined greed as a sin against God, just like any other sin would be against God, man who condemns himself just for temporary possessions (Aquinas).
Arguably, Tartuffe is not only a hypocritical buffoon, but also a delusional cult leader who has somehow bent his claimed morals into excusing his irrational behavior. In Act I, Scene I of Tartuffe, Dorine asserts one of the first characterizations of Tartuffe, which is “everything [Tartuffe] does is hypocrisy” (35). Before Tartuffe even enters the stage, the audience can already infer what type of man he would be, one that presents himself as a pious saint while behaving sinfully. Tartuffe warns of the dangers of the flesh, and the mere sight of Dorine’s uncovered chest offends him to the point of asking her to cover up, but he is more than willing to engage in unholy activities with Elmire’s flesh. Simply put, Tartuffe would make a religious claim, which would be accurate in nature, implement it strictly to the point of being overly prudent,
As the Knight begins, we are instantly reminded of the stateliness of the Knight, his overwhelming human dignity and moral worldview, which Chaucer described in the general prologue. The Knight is a role model of a man of the first estate; noble and humble, courageous and gentle, a warrior and a saint. As he fits in his elevated class, he speaks with elegance and seriousness about the important attitudes and values that any human should cherish. "The Canterbury Tales," is a contrast of realistic qualities that Chaucer entitles to every single character, is an illustration of the society in which Geoffrey Chaucer lived. It portrays the culture and class system of the medieval ages.
When they entered their rank of either knight or samurai. Although very similar, the knight’s code of chivalry and the Samurai’s code of Bushido had many major differences and opposing views on certain obligations. Both warriors live by their respective codes which value bravery and service above all else. Each of them were dedicated to serving their earthly lord that hired them and to defend him and his land. The Samurai’s obligations were only to his lord, while the knight’s obligation was to his lord, his chosen lady, and his heavenly lord as well.
In practice, pardoners ignored the restriction on their offices, made their way into churches at will preached emotional sermons, and claimed power for their pardons. In his prologue, the Pardoner frankly confesses that he is a fraud motivated by greed and avarice and that he is guilty of all seven sins. Even though he is essentially a hypocrite in his profession, he is at least being honest as he makes his confession. At the end of his tale he requests that the pilgrims make a contribution. Obviously for many reasons, the Pardoner is the most complex figure in the entire
A: Chaucer’s has portrayed all the pilgrims in “The prologue of the Canterbury tales” with great complexity. By reading the prologue we can say that Chaucer had first observed the people of the 14th century and their lifestyle with great depth and then he wrote the prologue. He has observed different people holding different ranks in his society. Because of his deep and close observations of the knights, the squires, the millers, etc, he was able to develop such a realistic portrayal of the pilgrims in the prologue. I have selected three characters from The General Prologue to analyze that whether they are depicted as “type” or “Individuals”.