Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales Essay
Further more, this defectiveness is enforced by her typical medieval romance heroine allusion with reference to her beauty through imagery of her broad "fair forheed" and "eyen greye as glas". Her "simple and coyly" smile and flirtation indicate to readers that she conscious of her own accomplishments and beauty and aware of the power play that it gives her. The narrator at last mentions her rosary beads, wearing it as though it were jewelry indulging in the materialistic possessions that a nun should not have. Chaucer concludes the Prioresse's portrait without any reference to her religious duties, with her brooch that says "Amor vincit omnia" meaning "Love conquers all" - Something completely inappropriate for a nun.
Chaucer uses harsh satire in the description of the portrait of the Pardoner. As the last portrait and most significant, he reflects the corruption of the Catholic Church and the inadequacy