Canterbury Tales-a Personal Pe Essay

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Canterbury Tales-a Personal Pe

Canterbury Tales-A personal perspective on the Medieval Christian Church
In researching Geoffrey Chaucer's collection of stories named The Canterbury Tales, an
interesting illustration of the Medieval Church becomes evident. A crooked society exists
within the corrupt, medieval church community. Not all of the clergy's intentions were
corrupt, but as Chaucer, through his character the Pardoner,so well put it,'Radix malorum
est cupiditas';, ( Love of money is the root of all evil). Many corrupted evils, such as
greed, drove the clergy to deviate from the spirituality that religion was originated
from. At that time, in all levels of society, belief in God or gods was not a matter of
choice, it was a matter of fact. Atheism was an alien concept and this is why the church
was so powerful. Sometimes, people of the church would take advantage of that


Leading a life pleasing God was one of the most significant concerns of the medieval man.
The existence of God was never questioned and the one thing that man wanted most was to be
with the divine. In order to do this, he had to achieve salvation. The simplest way to
achieve salvation was to buy it. The character of the Pardoner is truly one of the books
most evil-hearted and despicable, for he is the person who can 'sell'; salvation. He takes
total advantage of his position intimidating people into buying his pardons, indulgences,
and holy relics. The Pardoner has no real concern for the sinners, he only wants his
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