Church Corruption & Canterbury Tales Essay
Gower criticizes how many friars are inconsistent with their worship, especially the Canterbury Friar. He agrees that the Friar appears poor yet is greedy and interrogates the way in which the Friar covers up his villainous deeds by ‘sweet talking’. The Friar wishes to be closer to God, yet has a paradoxical way of doing so. The clergyman in actuality is a great sinner, however feigns the image of a poverty stricken priest. The divine duty of the Friar while traveling is to go help those in need whether they are poor, disfigured, unfortunate, etc. The Friar from The Canterbury Tales clearly is disgusted by the idea of helping or even being around lepers and the poor. Unfortunately the Friar's emotions are subjective toward the less fortunate. Therefore his subjectivity increasingly demoralizes Catholicism.
The final and exceedingly despicable Pardoner is the last character introduced. Dressed in elaborate apparel, the man wears a large cross around his neck (which is disrespectful because it is overly ostentatious), and appears to be homosexual. The man is so highly dressed and clean shaven that Chaucer notes, “I judge he was