Chaucer's Canterbury Tales are outstanding for the story among the stories, for the structure within which the stories are told. In part, these contain ongoing battles between certain characters of the pilgrims who have developed a liking of ongoing hatred for each other. One pair of characters who display hatred for one another is the Friar and the Summoner, whose stories are told at each other's expense. A friar is a member of a church organization who was not allowed to own property and because of that they had to depend on the helping hands of the community in which they lived. They were thought to get their living by doing excellent actions and teaching the gospel, but many became dishonest, such as the Friar on Chaucer's pilgrimage.
The Friar's responsibility was to live in the midst of the poor, to plead on their behalf and to offer his wages to support their effort for livelihood. In Canterbury Tales Chaucer gives us, the reader, and a chance to see the real character of the friar. The Friar uses ways to entice women with sweet words and by telling them devious things that women want to hear. This tactic is articulated when the friar says, "Somwhat he lipsed for his wantounesse to make his English sweete upon his tongue" (lines 265-266). Then again the tactic was restated in different words in lines 215-217, "Ful wel beloved and familer was he..... With the worthy women of the town."
Friar's responsibility was not believed to go after the women of the city but to assist in the living of the non wealthy. The Friar used money that he had gotten deceitfully "his tipet was ay farsed ful of knives and pinnes for to yiven faire wives" (lines 233-234). This affirms that he acquires presents for women as well. The Friar, as you will find out, is not pleading for cash to conciliate his goal to give food to the poor, but rather is persuading women to soothe his flesh.
In Canterbury Tales, the friar was a preacher who lends a hand to young women or rich men who might need services. He performed amends in his town, especially those of marriage and confession. However, the friar had taken to accepting incentives. When the friar began to tell his tale starts off by talking about the summoners black mail. The Friar tales is about humiliation and deprivation of members of a certain occupation. Though he calls certain pilgrims out, he never attacks the church. However, he does call out the men who represent this system and exploit theses workings of the church.
Not only does the friar run after women by giving them the impression that he is compassionate; he is also a dishonest entrepreneur. He uses his arrangement in the house of worship to get material goods. He tell people that the word states that he has the authority to pardon people of their sins more than a minister in lines 218-219: "For he hadde power of confession as saide himself, more than a curat." Because of this, the friar gains respect from the wealthy as you can see: "he was an easy man to give penance there as he wastes to have a good pittance" (lines 223-224). He even gives the impression that it is beneath him to be seen or associated with the poor people because, "to have with sike lazars acquaintance: it is not honest, it may naught advance" (Lines 245-246). All the money he has made show in the way he looks
because he looked like "a belle out of the press." The things that the friar buys are way beyond what he should be able to afford from begging. This religious leader should have been very unfortunate, not being as rich as the people he was suppose to help, however this Friar was eating well and living big.
The Friar is in fact not doing his duties for that reason he is not the hero of the poor. As Chaucer gives an explanation of the the Friar should really be. The Chaucer says "Ful wel beloved and familiar was he, with frankelains over al in his contree" (Lines 215-216). All this man knew was to go after the rich, when he should have been looking out for the poor. Then again Chaucer gives another example of how the Friar is in line 240-242: "he knew the taverns wel in every town and every hostler and tapestry bet than a lazar or a beggestere." The friar, supposedly a man of God, knew the rich and the women better than the poor people of his selected area. This meant he spends much time at bars and hotels, rather than living with and assisting the needy. The Friar's friend were described in line 248 where is says that the friar knows "...al with riche and sellers of vital." The Friar thought it to be indecent to reside with the people that were he thought was beneath him, which is the contradictory obligation of his profession.
In all, the friar was suppose to be doer of Gods work, the person who helped the poor in with their needs and is the person that they could come to when they needed to here from God However, the friar turns out to be as deceitful as his claims of giving apologies. This Friar is more devoted with engaging the fondness of women than trying to gain support from the people he was suppose to be helping to help them have a better life. The friar is busy tricking people to
do unlawful business rather than to provide for the poor. The Friar could never accomplish what he was supposing to because he has too much pride to be the person that God created him to be. His character, self-respect and dignity all lack honesty. This Friar has no trouble on his soul to help the poor, but only to advance his distasteful standard of living. Rather than a shepherd among his herd, the Friar loiters as a greedy wolf.