Date

1970

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Arts

Department

English

First Adviser

Hartung, Albert E.

Abstract

Chaucer's Prioress: Conquered by Compromise, proposes to establish that the Prioress is neither a perfectly devout nun nor a blatant hypocrite, but is instead a characterization of the compromised religious vocation in which there is a combination of 'conscious righteousness and unconscious self-indulgence'. The compromise leads to inconsistency; yet, it cannot be called hypocrisy since it involves self-deception rather than an attempt to deceive others.

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