The Parson
Research questions:
Part 1
  • What specific occupation does your character practice?
The Parson is a priest who helps his parish and sets an example for his flock. He never asking for money, and unlike the Monk and the Friar spends more time dedicated to the poor and teaching.

  • What does the need for this occupation tell us about the time period?
This occupation tells us that the time period is in the same era of when priests would visit with parishioners and help them with their own lives. He always trys to help people even if they dont need it. It also seemed like there was a big difference between those that had money and those who did not.

  • What was his or her social standing?
The social standing of The Parson was somewhat in the lower ranks but was still accepted to the nobility because he was a noble man. He was always there for people and never asked for money.

  • What might your character’s day to day life be like?
Day to day life of the Parson would include helping people,and preaching. he would be busy looking for people that he could help and would spend time praying.

  • What details about this character does Chaucer not include?
Chaucer did not tell us about the Parson background or who he is. He also does not explain how the Parson looks, and we do not know how old he is.

  • What modern day occupation might correspond to your medieval character and why?
A modern day occupation maybe a visiting priest. He also maybe a holyman, or a traveling pastor preaching the gospel.

Part 2

  • Paraphrase each line of the prologue describing your character into modern language. You may use slang and your own “voice.”
The Parson was a man who behaved holy. He was money poor but spiritually rich. He was smart, knew his gospel and was a good religious teacher. He was dedicated to those he served, and did not cater to the rich. He was patient, humble, and cared about people and faith and not money or prestige. He is described like a shepard who watched over his sheep, but was a priest looking over his people.

  • Which lines in the prologue best describe your character’s physical appearance?
The Parson appearance is not well described in the prologue.
  • Which lines describe his/her personality?
Lines that desribed his personality include, line 488, "A holy-minded man", line 489, "he was rich in holy thought and wrk", line 493, "Benign and wonderfully dilligent".
  • Which specific words add to your understanding of the character’s personality?
Specific words that add to understanding the Parsons personality include, shepard, holy and virtuous, never contemptuous, never disdainful, never proud or fine. He was also refered to as fair.

Part 3

  • (Be sure to answer in complete sentences and include these responses in your wiki page. Don’t limit yourself, however; include any additional information that would help a reader understand the text better.)
The Parson is a dedicated and holy man. He is driven by his faith and his love of God and people. He cares for people in the humble and gentle way like a shepard cares for his sheep. He is not ordinary even though he may present as a common person. He is special in a heavenly way.
  • What is Chaucer’s opinion toward this character?
Chaucers opinion of the Pason is one of respect and admiration. He describes him in special and humble ways. He is fair and honest, not judgemental.
  • What specific lines or words tell you this?
Specific lines that tell you this includes "Holy and Virtuous he was, but then never contemptuous of sinful men" (line 525-526). "His business was to show fair behavior and draw men thus to Heaven and Savior". (line 529-530). The Pason's humbleness is reflected in line 535, "He sought no pomp or glory in his dealings".
  • What word choices require an understanding of vocabulary from the time period?
Word choices that require an understanding of vocabulary from the time period includes the word Pason that would probably be called a priest today. The story also describes a stave which is the staff a shepard carries.
  • Do you see any satire? If so, what is Chaucer trying to reveal or expose about the time period?
Satire may be the found in the comparrison he makes between the poor and the rich. He also shows some distain for the more moneu focused "holy" men.
  • What do you think Chaucer's purpose of including this character was?
Chaucer's purpose of including this character is to show goodness of a humble holy man.