Essay on Hamlet: Seven deadly Sins and Middle Ages

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Chaucer’s Canterbury Characters Moral The story of The Canterbury Tales written by Geoffrey Chaucer a descriptive story of twenty seven pilgrims traveling to the shire of the martyr Sir Thomas Beckett in Canterbury for pilgrimage. He explains distinctively the moral of the story of how some the characters mentioned are a façade to true characters in the real life situations of a character during the Middle Ages by incorporating one of the seven deadly sins to their story. Some of these characters are meant to have the values of what they are for example like the knight has to obey chivalry which it is like a code of conduct among people. But not all of them act like how they are supposed to be comparison to the story and the real life. The characters that should have the values of real life context in the middle Ages are The Doctor, The Friar and Squire, and The Miller. The character listed in my thesis that should have values in real life context in the middle Ages is The Doctor. The reason why he is a fraud to the one in real life context is because in the story he consumes himself with avarice or known as greed which is one of the seven deadly sins. The Doctor shows these sins by using schemes with a pharmacist for money, treasures money. A quote from The Canterbury Tales: “All his apothecaries in a tribe (435). Were ready with the drugs he would prescribe (436). And each made money from the other’s guile (437).” (PCT-435-

437). This line from the story proves that The Doctor had a greed for money from the apothecaries he earned from guile dealings of medicine. But in real life normally a doctor will prescribe the right medication for patient and tests. The values that doctor should have instead is be fairness especially because when it comes to prescribing a prescription to the patient and they have be a trustworthy professional to a patient because they trust the doctor to give the correct diagnosis. The doctor should avoid what is described in the story of The Doctor in The Canterbury Tales basically meaning that they should not be greedy for money by using medications or potions like they did in the medieval times. From Chaucer moral perspective he is telling us that in giving it in sort of like a parable where The Doctor continues to be greedy because of his great wealth he has slyly earned from the apothecaries. His moral to the in the story of this character is that we do not always have to be like The Doctor even though it may be tempting but more and more wealth continues as like an addiction to us like how a drug addict will continue to take drugs if they keep in taking it. The character listed in my thesis that should have values in real life context in the middle Ages is The Friar and the Squire. The reason why both are a fraud compared to real life context is that they both share a common seven deadly sin which is lust. A quote from The Canterbury Tales story shows how the friar lusts for women: “To more than he laid out. And how he romped, Just like a puppy! He was ever prompt” (PCT-263-264). This means that he had laid a woman by romping just like a puppy. In real life context the friar is known to be excellent in public speaking but often beg for food because they may be very poor. A similar character from the story which is The Squire shares the same deadly sin as The Friar and The Squire is a little different than The Friar because they have different roles in the middle Ages. A quote from the text where this proves that The Squire shares the same sin as The Friar is: “Of time, in hope to win his lady’s grace” (PCT-90). Basically the quote of that shows that how The Squire won to have sex with this lady he had met. From Chaucer moral perspective he is telling us that in again Chaucer is using this like a parable where The Squire and Friar continue to have a need to have sex woman because they continue to lust one after another. His