“The Parson Character and Summary in Canterbury Tales” is very much vivid and clear, he is not complex character rather he is simple character, and supposed to be Chaucer ideal character, perhaps, the ideal is one from the whole “The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales”. The Parson Character , indeed, is revolt against the monastic characters that have been represented by Chaucer, like ,the friar, the monk, the prioress, the summoner all of them are opposite about him because they are indulged in worldly enjoyment rather he is doing real practice that the Christ had been told us.
The Parson Character and Summary in Canterbury Tales can felt that he is vacant by worldly wealth but he is rich by holy thoughts. Actually, he is poor man but he is spiritually rich, his soul is image of Christ. It is very common quotation is that ‘wealth is property of the rich whereas the knowledge is property of the poor,’ and it can be seen in the shape the poor parson , he is learned man , he has studies by university and he is also expert of Gospel. It is very strange for us how is possible higher studies is only important for the poor and the rich are far away from studies. In this the poor parson is exceptional character of Chaucer’s age.
In the time of adversity he never ever shows any panic rather he considers it is will of God. He seems to statue of patient and embodiment of true saint, he looks like father. His morals quotations are light in the dark. In his speech , he often says that “if gold rust, what shal iren do?” means that if a religious person does not act on the ways of God then from the common man, we can not have any expectations he would do well and virtuous in his life, once again he narrates that ” For a preest be foul, on whom we truste, no wonder is a lewedman to ruste, and shame it is, if a prest take keep , a shiten shepherede and clene sheep. Wel oughte a preest ensample for to yive, by his clennesse, how that his sheep solde lyve.”
The Character of Parson is compatible with knights in many ways because in world of religion he safes his parishioners by enemies whereas the knight safes his companions by enemies in secular world. He is virtuous in world of ecclesiastical rather he is famous in secular as well as battlefield.
Parson’s character is very much lucid in Canterbury Tales whenever we meet his inner emotions, he meets every one, either poor or rich ,he never ever leaves in the lurch to any parishioners. He goes to on feet for visiting his parishioners only with his stick in hand. He sets high morals in his life for other so that others may get lesson for them. He usually claims that a priest or clergyman first he himself acts upon the advice then he should advise to his parishioners.
So far as, “The Parson Character Summary and in Canterbury Tales” informs us that he is not greedy character likes the friar, the monk, the pardoner rather he is very honest man, never ever runs behind the wealth, he does not leave his followers in behind him for the sake of money because he knows very well about his followers may sink in the flood of sins, therefor, he never ever leaves his followers in alone in the hand of destiny. His attentions are fix on his parish as well as his parishioners, he does not tries to earn extra money for himself because he has lot of opportunities having earn money making as a priest or clergyman.
In Chaucer’s time there was a system the people donated the tax in the form of tithes, tithes means is a tax which is imposed on the people that have land or earn money by lands , they are bound to pay tax on his income that they have earned by his lands. The Parson does not force his followers to pay the tax at right time rather he himself pays the tax if one could not pay it. Like wise the friar and the pardoner he never threats his parishioners rather he consoles them and aids them by his personal income.
The Parson Character in Canterbury Tales is symbol of the patient, kind hearted and religion. His kind heartedness and patient can be seen in his life, in adversity he shows no sign of haughty and callous whenever he deals with with sinner he does not adopt the way of hard and uncivilized rather he listens their conversations with carefully and heartily, he speaks as honey, his words carry the meaning for sinners whenever they listen his speech they feel themselves in heaven. On the other hand, a sinner is stick to his sin then he rebukes very badly him so that he may leave the sin.
It is very common ground for every one, if a man gets a lot of knowledge he definitely suffers in arrogant, he/she considers above the all, but this thing we hardly finds out in the poor parson’s character. He does not feels himself or his existence is better than others and he has no pride and prejudice in himself, he considers himself the sins of house to him. He does not admit, he is purge from sin, he thinks that he has the same sins that have others.
Having read the above discussion, we can say that The Parson Character and Summary in Canterbury Tales is informed us the age of Chaucer, what was going on that era in religion and church was supreme for the life of the people. The people knew that in church there was corruption on the peak although they went church and give tax and they knew that hey had somehow pure parson yet.