CHARACTER OF PARSON
The character of Parson is an idealized presentation by Chaucer who wants to present him as a true clergyman, quite obedient, charitable, considerate and lover of humanity. Chaucer in fact gives us an impression of human dignity, through this character. He is in fact, a contrast to the other main characters of the church as Prioress, Monk and Friar. It is an indirect commentary on the religious community, which was really deteriorating due to the corruption prevailing in the church. though being poor, he is rich in holy thoughts and quite away from materialism, possessing true Christian virtues. as far as his religious devotion is concerned, it is quite commendable. he was a virtuous Parson who loved to preach whatever he followed himself. he was a learned man, faithfully teaching Christ gospels and devotedly instructing his parishioners. In short, one can say that the poor Parson’s portrait is one of the most highly idealized of the pilgrims at the Tabard and Chaucer has invested him with many of the characteristics of Wycliffe.
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In the end, one can say that Chaucer has presented an idealized creature in the form of poor Parson. to prove the importance of religious figures in society, Chaucer has given the biblical reference by comparing the Parson to shepherd and people to sheep. his character also served as an indirect comment on the prevailing corruption among the contemporary clergy. It also shows that though many of the churchmen has fallen prey to the inordinate lust for money, still there were some honest and responsible religious people who were still struggling to refine the church from corruption and to restore the prestige of the church. In short, the portrait of this particular character is evident proof of Chaucer artistic skill and he has presented his character in such a life-like manner that the readers are bound to pay tribute to his artistic competency.