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Chaucer shows that the Monk did not care about the rules of his monastery when he says: "Of prikyng and of huntyng for the hare Was al his lust; for no cost wolde he spare" (Chaucer, p.53). He was rebellious and lived and controlled his own life. He did not let the Church decide what his life would be, and much preferred doing things that he enjoyed. The rules of the Monastery said that monks should not hunt, be reckless, nor leave the monastery. Instead, they should study about religion and the church, and do manual labour. The Monk never followed any of these rules because they were against what he loved to do, which was hunt and ride. In comparing the Prioress to the Monk, the difference between them, is that Chaucer portrayed the Prioress as more of a disgrace to the Church.
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Aristotle begins book two on his idea of the perfect city. Aristotle though, says that this equality would break families apart since people would not be able to take care of their families. They must hold onto their family and control it to make sure that the women and children are brought up right and become ideal citizens. This is also why property must be privately owned. One, who owns his property, will hold it dear and will be able to disperse it virtuously.
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Sir Thomas More, even after the king himself consulted him about marrying Anne Boelyn, refused to give his blessings to the king, who was also More's friend. More always, put God before the throne. The Pope believed that it was not necessary for the king to divorce his wife Catherine. Because the Pope believed this, so did Thomas. More was constantly reminded that he was angering the king, but he showed no remorse for standing by his beliefs. After a couple of years, the king decided to pass the Act of Succession. This Act would make the king leader of the Church of England, and therefore, the king would be able to divorce Catherine. Everyone agreed to this Act, except for More. This displeased the king and More was sent to prison.
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