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Irony and Corruption

             Irony: the use of words to express something other than and especially the .
             The ultimate expression of irony is shown in the works .
             of Geoffrey Chaucer, in his book titled The Canterbury Tales. This book features various .
             accounts of ironic situations, which through no mistake, shows corruption among people .
             of the fourteenth century. Not just normal, everyday people, but respectable people, held .
             in high regard by peasants and other such common folk. Geoffrey Chaucer illustrates an .
             enormous amount of irony in his writings of the church to express the corruption of .
             religious figures.
             Chaucer's religious characters are supposed to be honorable, and abide by the .
             laws of their religion, but there are certain instances that would prove their religious .
             beliefs otherwise. Take the Nun for instance: the Nun, apart from other strange traits .
             such as the fact that she acts more proper than she really is, wears a rosary around her .
             wrist. But the irony is in the fact that the rosary does not have a cross on the end of it, it .
             has a golden brooch. This brooch contains a crowned "a", and under it there are the .
             words "Amor Vincit Omnia". This phrase loosely translates to "love conquers all". A .
             religious figure such as a Nun is thought to carry a rosary with a cross, as well as stay out .
             of the realm of sexual desire. So it is a blatant statement of non-compliance with her .
             religion that she would deviate from both of these procedures.
             Another example of irony is in the description of a character called the Monk. A .
             good man in general, but not too keen on his duties as an eminent figure of religion. His .
             favorite thing to do is hunt animals, wherever, whenever. This goes against the idea of .
             his predecessors that hunting is somewhat sinful. But he chooses to do it anyway. And .
             he does not enjoy fulfilling tasks such as studying his religion. He is not very true to his .
             religion; rather, he is true to himself.

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