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Satire in 'The Pardoner's Tale'

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Carly Smith

on 2 November 2012

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Transcript of Satire in 'The Pardoner's Tale'

Carly Smith The Pardoner's
Tale What is Satire? The use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, etc. Historical Context The Pardoner "Radix malorum est Cupiditas.
Yes, I myself can preach against the vice
Of avarice that is my own device;
For though I'm guilty of that very sin" Why is it used? What is its goal? *The goal for satire is always public reform* Softens severity of critiques Very important to consider in satire! The Canturbury Tales were written in the Middle Ages During the Middle Ages: -The Black Death -Church was intensely wealthy -People started to resent the church's wealth and noticed corruption from within it The Pardoner is VERY sinful.... The sale of pardons was disliked because it favored the wealthy and was considered to diminish value or true virtuous teachings There were only two ways to be wealthy; be born to a title or join the church. So there were a lot of cleric members who went against their own teachings. Chaucer uses layers of irony and the dramatic principle -Irony contained within the moral tale
-Irony of the Pardoner's character
-Irony of that character telling that tale -This creates the Dramatic Principle What was
Chaucer satirizing? What did Chaucer feel needed reform? The Church's practices *Chaucer was religious _________________ What are the kinds of satire? Horatian Juvenalian Light-Hearted, Joking Scornful, Serious *Political Satire is often Juvenalian Chaucer makes the injustices in this individual so prominent it is impossible to miss, so readers [at the time] will clearly see his feelings about the topic.
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