Chaucer’s Message

Published March 3, 2014 by wouldbewitch

A 150 word blog describing what you think Chaucer’s message about the church might be?  What do the characters relating to the church in “The Miller’s Tale” and “The Pardoner’s Tale” have in common with each other?  Do Chaucer’s statements about the Church have any relevancy today?

According to the Canterbury tales, Chaucer didn’t like the church much. He thought they were all hypocrites. But I think it is just certain religious people he is hating on. The parson seems to be the only worthy clergy on the pilgrimage. He practices what he preaches. lol So the people that are hypocrites on the pilgrimage are the monk, the friar, and the nun. I think he is saying that the church just wants money, they are corrupt.


In “The Miller’s Tale” the person that is corrupt is Absolom, the parish clerk, who should not be thinking about Alison. “the pardoner’s tale” is not actually a character in the story but the pardoner himself. He admits that all he wants is money and them goes on to tell his story and talk about sins.


Unfortunately, yes. I think that there is still corruption in the church and its sad. You see it on the news all the time, so Chaucer knew what he was talking about.

The_FriarWho do you think this is? lol


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