Cantebury Tales. Brief Characterization Of Monk

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Cantebury Tales. Brief Characterization Of Monk


Geoffrey Chaucer's, The Canterbury Tales was written in the late fourteenth century. It is
a compilation of short stories, set in the Medieval Period England, told by travelers who
are going on a pilgrimage to the Cathedral at Canterbury. Among the traveling band, a Monk
of likely Franciscan ties was a pilgrim of high rank and nobility.


The Monk in The Canterbury Tales, ranks among the highest compared to the other pilgrims.
The Monk belonged to the ecclesiastical estate, which was one relating to a church. The
church he belongs to is of Catholic origin and is hinted at by this line, "The Rule of
good St.Benet or St.Maur…" He is likely a member of the order founded by Saint Francis
of Assisi in 1209, an order that had concrete connections with the Roman Catholic Church.
The Roman Catholic Church at that time assumed much influence and power in England.


Even though the Monk is rich, he does let his money corrupt his faith or character. The
Monk was "fat and a personable priest" who did not carry himself as a snob of the higher
class. He was basically respectful to the old and kind to the young. The Monk also was
more open to ideas and did not follow his faith where he found wrong. For example, "he did
not rate that text at a plucked hen Which says that hunters are not holy men". He was also
considered brave and righteous by Chaucer's opinion, "And I agreed and said his views were
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