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The Canterbury Tales - Doctor of Medicine

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on 19 September 2012

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Transcript of The Canterbury Tales - Doctor of Medicine

Describing The Doctor His clothing is a mixture of red and blue. In his time, no one could match his knowledge of medicine and surgery. He knows the cause of every illness, and what causes the illness. Although he is a perfectly practicing doctor he does not consult the bible often. He also has a “special love” of gold which implies he is more concerned of money rather than his patients.
The Satire used for the doctor is horatian
Horatian is which the voice is indulgent, tolerant, amused, and witty. Chaucer uses this form of satire to detail the doctors greed by saying he “kept the gold he owns in pestilences.” Or “He therefore had a special love of gold.”(Chaucer, 454)
“He did not read the bible very much.”(124) this means that he didn’t read the bible like regular doctors in medieval times. Satire The Canterbury tales are an accumulation of stories written by Geoffrey Chaucer. The stories come from a group of fictional characters on a pilgrimage to the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket. The stories are somewhat of a competition of tales, with the prize being a meal at the Tabard inn at the completion of the pilgrimage. Chaucer uses the tales to show the Imperfections of 14th Century English life with the use of satirical elements Introduction To Canterbury Tales The doctor is a peasant because even though the doctor is well education he still works. He didn’t rule or pray. He works under the king even though he is been better-rounded then a lot of the peasants. In peasant status, they are harshly treated, most are under educated people, and that work for the rest of their life. The doctor is more advance his status but still is classified as a peasant and will always be a peasant. Although the doctor isn’t clergy or nobility he is very well educated in his field of medicine and astrology. At first sight he may seem like a noble man but like all men he has his flaws, the doctor used his intelligence in his time period to get the most money out of the other peasants becoming almost like a con man of his time period. Chaucer addressed the fact that he isn’t very religious and he has a “special love for gold.”
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