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In "The General Prologue " some characters are so egoistic that they tend to impose their personalities on others. They create the impression that they are up in the social ladder. Some of these characters include the Wife of Bath, The Prioress, The Pardoner and Averagus as will be explained in the paragraphs that follow.

The Wife of Bath is egoistic and therefore bent on showing her self- importance. This is seen where she goes for offerings not because of spiritual eagerness but because she wants to be seen. If anybody goes ahead of her in church she will fail to give offering in that service. She is indeed an impostor. She dresses flamboyantly in red stockings and a giant head scarf that weighs well over ten pounds so as to create an air of importance around her. She moves in an imposing manner to create this air of importance around her. This she does by moving majestically and in an inviting manner only to go for offertory.

    The Prioress is another character with egoistic tendencies. As a middle class nun, she is supposed to be humble and secluded in the nunnery. On the contrary she asserts herself as one of the upper class. Her egoistic tendencies cause her to want to be called Madam Eglantine( an ironic name which denotes a wild rose flower.) In church she sings through her nostrils as a means to draw attention to herself. She strains to imitate courtly manners in her strenuous table manners, all in a bid to create the impression she is a lady of class. She pretends to speak only French which she herself does not master, knowing well that French was a language of the courts in her days. All these and more, are ways by which The Prioress aims at stamping her personality in the lives of the people.

    We shall equally look at the egoistic nature of the Pardoner who wants to be seen as a guy. He sits in an imposing manner on his horse and wears a fez-cap with the emblem of St Veronica inscribed on it. He reads the scriptures and preaches his sermons with special zest so as to impress his congregation who in return give him much money. The wallet he Carries on his lap crammed with pardons which he claims come hot from the Pope of Rome give him a certain self-importance. All these make the Pardoner an egoistic character in "The General Prologue".

   Apart from The Pardoner in "The General Prologue", we equally have Averagus(The Knight) in "The Franklin's Prologue and Tale" who manifests egoistic tendencies. In a bid to assert his rank and degree in the society by going in for more honour, fame and respect, he leaves behind his newly married wife Dorigen. Thus, he sacrifices his wife in pursuit of gentility and prominence in the society. These self-imposing tendencies make Averagus an egoistic character in "The Franklin's Prologue and Tale".

   On the other hand, not all human relationships in the two texts("The General Prologue and The Franklin's Prologue and Tale") are governed by egotism. There are some characters in the two texts that manifest unique rectitude of character and these include The Knight and The Poor Parson in "The General Prologue" and Dorigen, including the magician and Aurelius in "The Franklin's Prologue and Tale".

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