How does Chaucer view the monk in The Canterbury Tales?

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Chaucer has a low opinion of the monk, as he does most of the clergy.  Chaucer uses a subtle sarcasm to express his dislike.  He describes the monk as liking to spend his time hunting and riding fine horses.  He describes the monk as being finely dressed with fur-trimmed robes.  Monks were supposed to be concerned with serving God and other people, not with hunting and keeping good horses.  Monks took a vow of poverty but this monk's clothes aren't what a poor member of the clergy should wear.  When the monk is telling his tale, which is really a series of tales, the knight and the host finally have to tell him to stop because his tales are depressing.  Before he began to tell his tales, he told the others that he was telling them these stories to enlighten them.  Again, Chaucer is subtle in his sarcasm portraying the monk as having a high opinon of himself.  The monk thinks that the listeners will hang on his every word.

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Not very positively, I'm afraid.  Chaucer only wholly approves of the Knight, the Parson, and the Plowman in his Prologue.

The monk wears fine clothing and disregards the oath of the holy life he has pledged himself to living.  He is more concerned with worldly things like hunting and eating and dressing well.  In fact, Chaucer calls him a "monk out of his cloister" who is not "worth an oyster". 

The monk keeps nice horses and fancy greyhounds for hunting purposes.  He dresses extremely well and is very fat.  In other words, he lives more richly than a holy man should, he squanders money that the poor could be using by supporting animals, and eats more than is necessary to keep himself alive and healthy.

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