Friar

The Canterbury Tales

What special occupation does your character practice?

The Friar is the one who marries people in the town. Also, the Friar hears confessions of people, much ike modern day priests do at church. He is given these abilities from the Pope himself, and is merry and lively all the time.

Waht does the need for this occupation tell us about the time period?

The need for this occupation tells us that the people of this time period are relying heavily on Christian beliefs, and are deerply involved with the church.

What was his or her social standing?

The Friar has a noble standing, which means that she is high up in the social system. He is regarded highly towards because he works for and so closely to God.

What might your character's day to day life be like?

The day to day life of the Friar would include praying, singing hyms, and songs of God and life, and helping out anyone who needed it, by hearing confessions, sealing marriages, and even helping those with disease pray.

What detailes about this character does Chaucer not include?

Chaucer does not miss any details about the Friar, and actually goes into a large amount of depth about the Friar.

What modern day occupation might correspond to your medieval character and why?

The modern day occupation that corresponds to the Frair is the priest. This is because a priest does many of the same things that a Friar does, and has an almost identical job.

Part Two

Paraphrase each line of the prologue describing your character.

At first, Friar is a happy and festive man, who loves his job. The Friar sings songs of joy and God, and spreads prayer to those who need it and to people who are in need in general. He knows every inn-keeper and all of the taverns in the towns, because he often went there to help and pray.

Which lines in the prologue best describe your character's physical appearance?

"There was a Friar, a wanton one and merry, a limiter, a very festive follow. In all four orders there was none so mellow, so glib with gallant phrase and well turned speech."

Which lines describe his/her personality?

"There was a Friar, a wanton one and merry, a limiter, a very festive fellow. In all Four Orders there was none so mellow, so glib with gallant phrase and well tuned speech."

Which specific words add to your understanding of the character's personality?

The specific word that add to my understanding of the Friar's personality are "merry and "honor". Also, some other words are "sweetly" and "glib". These words show that the Friar was a happy person who likes to be nice sometimes.