CHARACTER OF FRIAR
Among the religious characters, the delineation of the Friar is perhaps the most interesting, ironic as well as satirical. he is perhaps one of the most lauded characters of the prologue, giving full credit to Chaucer’s art of characterization and particularly the way he has exposed the religious class. According to some critics, Chaucer is very cautious while exposing and delineating the religious characters, but Friar being a person of low rank; becomes of the victim of his harsh words. he has very ironically and satirically exposed the non-religious attitude of the friar who paid no heed to the norms of church and Christian values. Friar is a person whose duty is to collect money from the rich people for the prosperity of the church and to help the poor. However, this Friar misused his rank and collected money from any person he wanted. there are many other features of Friar, which show that he is a part of the unscrupulousness and corruption prevalent in the church during that period.
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In the end, one can say that the character of the Friar is both individual as well as a type. He is a person who violates the rules of the church is fond of money-making has very fine manners and above all a very conscious about his language and tone. Chaucer and his contemporaries are fully aware of the weaknesses of churchmen who had become corrupt and materialistic. one can also say that Chaucer’s artistic skill is so excellent that one enjoys even reading and getting a vivid picture of such morally stagnant people. in short, one can say that the poet has commendably presented the gloomy and sad picture of the church of that time which makes every sensitive person pathetic as well. Thus, the readers are bound to salute this great literary legend that has fought against the follies of society through his poetry and has made the readers contemplate over true moral values to be adopted.