The Canterbury Tales


The Monk

Like the Prioress, the Monk seems to be more similar to a member of the nobility than to a holy man. He is not focused on prayer or other religious concerns, but primarily on his hunting. Most monks at that time would have lived in seclusion in their orders, but the Monk was an outrider. An outrider was a monk who acted as an intermediary between the monastic order and the outside world, and as such, had a significant amount of interaction with the outside world. The Narrator describes the Monk as a very handsome man with a practical approach toward his religious orders.

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