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Canterbury Tales: The Prologue Essay

1308 words - 6 pages

To begin, I will tell you a little about Geoffrey Chaucer and his famous writings. The age of Chaucer was around 1343 to about 1400. Geoffrey Chaucer is known as the father of the English Language. Chaucer is the most important English writer. We do not know the exact time of the death of Chaucer but, we believe it is around 1400. In his tales he talks about going on a pilgrimage to Canterbury. Now before I get any further, you should probably know one thing, this story is completely made up. Chaucer talks about some controversial things in his tales, using someone else’s mouth per say. When people who read his tales would come asking for these people and who they were, Chaucer would tell them he cannot remember who it was. In his General Prologue, he introduces a total of twenty-four characters. He also tells about a contest, which ends up being parts of his total story. He tells the people there will be a contest held, whoever has the best tale wins and gets a free dinner. Chaucer will be the judge of who wins. They have to come up with two stories going to Canterbury and two stories coming back from Canterbury. They go around and introduce their selves to everyone as they begin their journey. With all that being said, I will know tell you who my three favorite characters are from this Prologue and they are: Parson, Plowman, and the Knight. I will now tell you why I picked these three individuals as my favorite.
Jumping in, my first favorite character would be Parson, and here is why. Parson is a religious man that lives by example. He is poor but a very good person. He gives rather than take. He likes to live by the motto, practice what you preach. That is basically saying, if he says something, or tells you to do something, he will also live by those standards. Parson truly knew Christ’s gospel and would preach it. In the text, it says the following, “He preferred beyond a doubt giving to poor parishioners round about”. He is already poor, however that does not stop him from wanting and really feeling the urge to donate and give all he has to the poor. He is someone to look up to. I wish that today we had more people like Parson. We need more people willing to give to those who have less than we do. Even if we don’t have much, we need to remember that there is always someone else out there that with less than do. If we can remember that, we may be able to make a difference in the world around us. We can help those out and have less people who have to live on the streets. We go around our homes and see people holding signs begging for some kind of help. We see it all the time, but do you stop and think about what their life is really like? Would you give your last dollar to them to help them stay off the streets? Most people say no. They believe they can do it on their own. If you got there, you can surely go back on your own. However, Parson felt otherwise. He was in their shoes. He was poor just like them, but he still have money away and...

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