The Canterbury Tales

Chaucer was not only a Realist but also a social reformer. Discuss with reference to prologue in detail.

Chaucer was not only a Realist but also a social reformer. Discuss with reference to prologue in detail.

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Chaucer was clearly disenchanted with the Catholic Church and corrupt social structure of Medieval England. Chaucer is able to critique corrupt institutions, like the church, by invoking satire. He uses satirical rhetoric and humor to expose the hypocrisy of people in positions of power.