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The Monk And The Knight Of The Canterbury Tales English Essay

704 words - 3 pages

In the prologue, The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer is about pilgrimage of many different characters to Canterbury. He tells and develops the personalities of characters. The Monk and the Knight are examples of two totally different types of personalities. The Monk is self-centered, whereas the knight is trustworthy and generous. These two characters differ in social class, values, and appearance.
In The Canterbury Tales, the Monk acts as if he is truly apart of the upper class or the clergy. He likes to hunt and ride horses, which in this time period means that he was very wealthy. “His palfrey was a brown as is berry” (120,211). Even though he is wealthy, his characteristics and traits does not fit the title of a monk. Hunters are not considered to be holy men because of their lifestyle of killing for pleasure. Therefore all of these pleasures he has partaken in, goes against the oath of a monk.
Socially the knight is the most prominent person on the pilgrimage, showing, showing chilvary, truth, and honor. The knight stands out because of his dignity and his economical social class. He is apart of the nobility social class(69). The knight is reputable and acts within a set of morals suitable for a night. “He ridden into battle” He fought in battles in protection of his country(48). The knight is a spitting image of what the noble class stands for.
A monk is a member of the clergy and being a part of that social class there are high expectations and values that monk must uphold. Some common values in a monk are that they must be excellent in all things, they must be quiet, and live a healthy lifestyle. With these few traits and values this monk does not live up to them. The monk goes against the values of an ordinary monks. He is loud, overweight, and wears fine clothing. The monk did everything he wanted to do, which conflicted and contradicted with the values he was “supposed” to believe in.
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