Canterbury Tales; Professions

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During the Middle Ages there were many professions, some of them were honorable others were not. In Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, there are profiles of some the professions that were present during the Middle Ages. Among the professions there were a few that seemed unappealing. Personally, I do not like the professions that accept bribes; in this case the Friar represented characteristics of that profession. Other professions provoke suffering of another human being. For example, the Summoner’s job was to bring people accused of violating Church law to court. This profession would not appeal to me since I do not find it rewarding to bring people to court that essentially might be punished and possibly for the wrong reasons. After reading about the professions and profiles of each character in Canterbury’s Tales, the Knight’s profession had the most honor and appeal. Therefore, the occupation I have chosen is the Knight.

Of all the portraits and tales, the Knight gets to be the first one to be mentioned. The narrator speaks very favorably in regard to the Knight. He represents the epitome of a medieval Christian soldier. During the Middle Ages, knights were part of an order and brotherhood that was very wealthy, well-connected and lived above the law. Knights were on the receiving end of being showered with wealth and land possessions by medieval aristocracy. Also, if you were a knight then you would be very well trained to fight and therefore would be able to protect yourself whenever you needed to. To me, all these benefits seem favorable and appealing. Of course, there is also a numerous amount of positive praise within the Canterbury Tales. There are many examples and quotes that represent a knight’s greatness. He has participated in many of the great crusades of his era,” And foughten for oure feith at tramyssene In lystes thries, and ay slayn his foo.” (Chaucer, Canterbury Tales Lines 63-64). More importantly, when it comes to traits and personal character,...
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