The Canterbury Tales

Chaucer satirizes, or makes light of, the church in his prologue. Which characters does he use to do this and which two "good" church people does he use to balance hide satire?


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The only really good religious person the trip is the country parson who cares truly for his parishioners and takes care of them as they need to be taken care of. He is not greedy and works only for their good. The Nun is not too badly satirized, but she is considered a bit too interested in love and seems more interested in the health of a mouse than the health of humans. However, compared to the summoner, the pardoner, and the friar and the monk, she is a sweetheart.

Chaucer critiques the church through his tales about the Friar, the Summoner, and the Pardoner. I believe the Parson is really the only church official he depicts as truly "good."