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The Canterbury Tales: Pardoner's Tale
Transcript of The Canterbury Tales: Pardoner's Tale
They used to buy pardons off the pardoner to pay for their sins and gain eternal salvation. Summary Literary Devices The Pardoner's Tale Closer look at Moral Chaucer's Legacy exemplum/exemplary teaches a moral lesson Pardoner's Tale A story of three drunken men on a journey of vengeance for loved one’s that died by Death
Man at a pub says they could find Death under an oak tree
At tree they find a large amount of gold
Blinded by greed, decided to steal the gold instead
One of the men searches for wine and food, other two plot his death, he poisons wine as well Mission accomplished: found/met Death Sin/Greed leads to destruction
Death was killing people who committed sin
Although the men died, greed had corrupted their minds to turn against each other. Moral of the Tale Don't trust everyone OR have better judgement
Pardoner is filled with greed and people are ignorant; believing and listening to his story.
Pardoner = hypocrite; he is playing a "religious" figure preaching about the evil of sin, when he is committing it himself. Significant lines Lines 435-449 Gullibility tricks pilgrims into buying his relics; they cling onto any opportunity of redemption, even after he already confessed it's all fake & Chaucer (The Pardoner doesn't take religion seriously.
He uses is it to gain money and that is why he preaches) reveals moral corruption of church The realism of the characters in the stories portrayed. Testaments to Chaucer’s insight of the social mechanics of mid-evil English culture -- captures the sensitivities of the class distinctions and struggles.
Today we can turn on the TV and at any given moment see what it’s like to live like a Kardashian, or be a Teen Mom.
Chaucer brought our “Reality TV” to the literary pages, using a lot of detail and description. Canterbury London A monk, who is suppose to live a life of piety, is living a life akin to a young lord. In doing so, he freely inserted his religious criticism. he sarcastically mocks the church and clergy for the corruption which enables them to live opulent lifestyles. But in my tale, sirs, I forgot one thing.
The relics and the pardons that I bring
here in my pouch, no man in the whole world
Has finer, given me by the pope's own hand.
If any of you devoutly wants to offer
And have my absolution, come and proffer
Whatever you have to give. Kneel down right here
humbly, and take my pardon, full and clear,
Or have a new fresh pardon if you like
At the end of every mile of road we strike,
As long as you keep offering ever newly
Good coins, not counterfeit, but minted truly.
Indeed it is an honor I confer
On each of you, an authentic pardoner
Going along to absolve as you ride. Radix malorum est cupiditas "greed is the root of evils"