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Posted April 5, 2009 at 8:33 PM via web

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Critics find that some of the characters are being satired in their initial presentation. Pick two characters.

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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 6, 2009 at 12:36 AM (Answer #1)

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Even years after reading the story, the two characters that jump to mind are two of the religious ones: The Monk and the Prioress, Mdme. Eglentyne.

With Mdme. Eglentyne, even though she is a religious and supposed to be humble woman, she conducts herself as aristocratic, uses her French to impress, and her prim and proper mannerisms are a bit curious. She also comes across as over-dramatic and a bit of a fake.

In the case of the Monk, Chaucer asks an interesting question to explain why the Monk is rebellious to the rules of no-hunting. He asks "why should a  monk go crazy with study and rules"- Meaning that maybe in his opinion, no monk follows the rules they preach, and they may not even be that smart.

 

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