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The Canterbury Tales: Pardoner's Tale

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Johnny Doem

on 16 January 2013

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Transcript of The Canterbury Tales: Pardoner's Tale

The Canterbury Tales Genre Damnation Relation to Tales Relating to Tale men in tale are easily deceived despite being warned about the danger of meeting death- they ignore it The Plague increased the fear that they had of being damned.

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"
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