Honors British Literature and Comp G4
30 August 2018
Canterbury Tales Prologue Analysis
In the frame story, Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer believes by his description of the pilgrims, that people are integrally virtuous. The conceptual paper would critically analyze the believe that Chaucer had on people, examining several cases which prove his perceptions of people among other facets. Although Chaucer uses sarcasm and irony to mentions the pilgrims’ flaws, he never directly mentions that any characters are dishonest or unpleasant. From the General Prologue, where Chaucer made some introduction to the pilgrims, there exists a proof that Chaucer admires the Parson as a holy and wondrous man, “rich he was in holy thought and work. He was a learned man also, a clerk, who Christ’s own gospel truly sought to preach; devoutly his parishioners would he teach. Benign he was and wondrous diligent, patient in adverse times and well content”(Chaucer 480-485). His likeness towards “the Knight” was because he was a representation of truth, courtesy as well as honor, “A knight there was, and he a worthy man, who, from the moment that he first began to ride about the world, loved chivalry, truth, honour, freedom and all courtesy”(Chaucer 43-46). Also, he liked “Oxford” because he was a student who was moral and not worldly, “Pregnant of moral virtue was his speech; and gladly would he learn and gladly teach” (Chaucer309-310). It is clear that Chaucer had favor on honest people and those who were not hypocritical. Although it is clear from the Canterbury Tales that Chaucer was very ironical in his statement and much of what Chaucer wrote was satirical about the religion in England he believes that people are fundamentally virtuous.