Medieval Values In The Plowman

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Medieval Values Essay America comprises cultures from all over the world due to the amount of people that migrate to the United States. When immigration to America boomed, people brought their cultures and beliefs with them, helping to shape the United States into what it is today. Modern-day America favors ambition, respect, and liberty while still maintaining a nonchalant manner in interactions with strangers, friends, and family members. Many people came to the United States from England, where social conflict prevailed— thanks to feudalism and the suppression of people at various social classes— and the Bubonic Plague threatened the majority of western Europe for a bulk of the Medieval era. Regardless of the circumstance, many people in…show more content…
Almost immediately, The Plowman is credited with being “an honest worker, good and true, / living in peace and perfect charity” (Chaucer 136). The reader can sense that he is genuine since he is praised for being honorable man who favors peace and generosity potential humbled by a day’s work of carting around dung. His occupation is not stately and he is not the wealthiest of the pilgrims but his charity shines through when Chaucer informs the reader that he still “would help the poor / For love of Christ and never take a penny / If he could help it, and, as prompt as any, / He paid his tithes in full when they were due (137). So not only is he in a job that is regarded as less than desirable, he gives to those less fortunate than him, not to mention for the glory of Christ and not himself, and he pays his tithes to the church in a punctual manner. Emphasis seems to run in his family, as seen in his…show more content…
A narrative like this is one that has paved the way for all different kinds of literature to follow it. The story was a pioneer of the English language and can still be put to use today to analyze, and in The Friar’s case, satirize types of people and their typical characteristics. Chaucer does not explicitly express disdain for some Medieval values but his writing style is a testament to his feelings. Modern satire found in normal aspects of entertainment like Saturday Night Live and parody musician Weird Al might not exist without Geoffrey Chaucer, along with modern English
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