Brief Characterization of the Monk in Cantebury Tales

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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 …

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…and “his horse in fine condition [was] fit for exhibition…” supports that he enjoys living a high profile lifestyle. Chaucer’s opinion on the Monk is one of positive praise and little criticism. He describes the monk as a brave man, who is fit enough to serve God due to his easiness and uncorrupted practices. The opinions of the Monk, says Chaucer, displays that he his well versed on many topics and demonstrates rightful judgments.