[attention getter]. Geoffrey Chaucer, in his novel The Canterbury Tales, deals with many tales of medieval life and morals. The writing follows a large group of pilgrims who have all been challenged to tell their best tale, one that teaches a valuable lesson, on the journey to Canterbury. Two of the stories told, “The Pardoner’s Tale” and “The Wife of Bath’s Tale”, make their points in very notable ways. The Pardoner tells a story of three men who come to pay for indulging in the sin of greed, while the Wife of Bath recounts a story of questionable morality involving a knight struggling for redemption after breaking his code of honor. Though The Canterbury Tales presents two sound stories, “The Pardoner’s Tale” is clearly better story based on its adherence to the central plot, its use of personification, and its moral.
Firstly, “The Pardoner’s Tale” had fewer digressions from the main plot and thus remained more coherent throughout the telling. The Wife of Bath avoids the point of her story several times, most notably going off on an excessively long tangent about “The unhappy Midas [who] grew a splendid pair / Of ass’s ears” (188) to demonstrate …show more content…
While undeniably a person in the modern age would find it easier to relate to a story of rape, all people deal with greed, and all people must face the consequences of their actions. What sort of justice is it when the rapist is pleasured to live “ever after to the end / In perfect bliss” (196)? In a true assault, no victim would be satisfied knowing their attacker paid no price. The men in “The Pardoner’s Tale” deal with murder, this is true, but the core of the conflict in the story is greed, a universally understood concept, and the story clearly demonstrates them getting precisely what they deserved for indulging in it so
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In Geoffrey Chaucer’s frame story “The Canterbury Tales”, we read a story about a group pilgrimage from London to Canterbury, which gives us insight of the life in fourteenth century England. On this journey, the Pardoner, the Wife of Bath and the Nun’s Priest all tell stories reflecting their unique personalities and views on life. Two of these stories are the “The Pardoner's Tales” and “The Wife of Bath’s Tale”, and even though these stories were written a long time ago, we are still able to relate to them today. The Pardoner is a self-serving, non trustworthy man, so it comes as no surprise that this is the story that he tells, as he sells indulgences for people’s sins.
The character of the Pardoner in Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales is a complex one, full of contradictions and ambiguity. On one hand, he is described as a "noble ecclesiast" (Chaucer 691) and a skilled preacher, capable of moving his listeners to tears with his sermons. On the other hand, he is also a con artist, selling indulgences to people who believe that they can buy their way out of sin. This duality is central to the Pardoner's character, and it is the source of both his power and his corruption.
With the reoccurring element of trials that push the characters to the edge, the authors of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” comment on the nature of punishment and forgiveness. In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the author uses punishment and forgiveness to force the reader to acknowledge human pitfalls and the stumbling blocks that pride and chivalry create. Chaucer, through his work in the “Wife of Bath’s Tale,” uses punishment and forgiveness to critique the character’s actions and the idea of autonomy. As the verse romance and the frame story progress, the reader is able to glean the effects of punishment and forgiveness on the story as a whole and the characters that create the story.
The Canterbury Tales depicts the differing levels of society of the Medieval period. The tales with the most notable differences are “The Pardoner’s Tale” and “The Reeve’s Tale.” The former story is about three men consumed by greed, which ultimately leads them to their h. The latter tale is about two clerks who seek revenge on a miller who steals grain from their school. “The Pardoner’s Tale” and “The Reeve’s Tale” drastically differ in their moral themes that depict revenge, sin, and greed. “The Pardoner’s Tale” illustrates the effects of revenge, sin, and greed.
Sidney Ison AP English Mrs. Sutton November 24, 2015 Manipulative Mercy In Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, the Pardoner, a corrupt, greedy man, uses his tale to manipulate his audience into repentance for his own profitable benefit. The Pardoner is known for cheating people and stealing their money through his selling of false relics. Through his tale, he manipulates his audience by inspiring repentance through his ability to evoke emotions of shame, guilt, and fear. These emotions are evoked by his being able to read and adjust to his audience, making his tale relatable to his audience by social status and monetary desires, and instilling in the pilgrims a fear of death and damnation.
Winning the Meal Which one is the better tale “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” or “The Pardoner’s Tale?” The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer is a very well known story in the medieval time. In The Canterbury Tales during the spring a group gathers and wants to go on a pilgrimage to Canterbury where they will find the shrine of Saint Thomas a Beckert. On their journey they stayed at a high class inn called The Tabard, where they found an innkeeper who wanted to join them on their journey to Canterbury.
After reviewing the two tales “ The Pardoner's Tale” and “ The Wife of Bath's Tale” told by Chaucer, one tale effects me the most. Out of the two tales, I believe “The Pardoner's Tale” has better moral values and is more entertaining than, “The Wife of Bath”. The first reason that makes”The Pardoner's Tale” effective is the
The presence of greed utilized by Chaucer in the Pardoner’s tale presents satire as his character is meant to be honorable, yet, behind the scenes is actually the most unethical one. The first example the audience is shown of this fraud is as the pardoner explains his motives, when he states, “Of avarice and of swich cursednesse/ Is al my prechyng, for to make hem free/ To yeven hir pens; and namely, unto me!/ For myn entente is nat but for to wynne,/ And no thyng for correccioun of synne” (114 – 118).
The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer, reveals that religion does not make moral individuals. Chaucer goes on about telling how several of the characters on the pilgrimage had questionable lifestyles yet the characters were taking part in a religious journey. Religion can only influence a moral character but does not make its followers untouchable to the imperfections found on earth. In The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer’s character, The Pardoner, is a church official who altered the peoples mind by cheating the people into believing any nonsense.
Greed or Wrath? Greed, greed is in the air, greed greed is everywhere. Geoffrey Chaucer’s story The Canterbury Tales begins with a prologue explaining the main points of the stories that follow the prologue. The two Stories “The Pardoner’s Tale” and “The Wife of bath’s Tale” are two of the stories in The Canterbury Tales.
At the very beginning of the Pardoner’s tale, through one of his sermons, we are told his, “theme is alwey oon, and ever was—/“Radix malorum est Cupiditas” (“Pardoner’s” Tale 5-6). This statement provides an aura of satire, as the Pardoner solely speaks against the practice of greed, as on the side he ironically practices exactly what he preaches against. Continuing on, the Pardoner, himself, clearly states the greedy motives his drive depends upon as he informs us that for his, “intent is only pence to win,/ And not at all for punishment of sin” (“Pardoner’s Prologue” 117-118). The Pardoner states his “only” intent is to win “pence” or profit.
Albert Baugh, an online critic, stated that “The Pardoner’s Tale is a reminder that death is inevitable. Death is personified as a thief who pierces the heart of his victims.” This quote portrays how death is impossible to escape and how everything is set to be in life. Anyhow, the old man travels around the city waiting for Death to take him. The man is not very patient and will do anything to be taken by God.
Chaucer told the truth, not matter if people wanted to hear it or not. In the past, there were many thoughts and ideas that were not appropriate for the society in that time period. Chaucer brought out the worst in people, but in a way that he was not blamed for any wrong doing. The Canterbury Tales is a collection of over twenty stories that tells about a “story-telling” contest between a good of pilgrims. These stories tell the truth of that time in history, even though many people deny it.
The Canterbury Tales is a collection of stories that are verbally created as the Host requests that each pilgrim tell a story on the journey to Canterbury. Although this ultimately leads to conflict amongst the pilgrims, the entire spectrum of human personalities is presented by showing each character's qualities, flaws, and hypocrisy. In order to show multiple layers of perspectives, including that of the pilgrims, Chaucer as the narrator, and Chaucer as the writer, The Canterbury Tales is written as a frame narrative. The use of a frame narrative allows Chaucer to convey his own values in humanity by observing and reflecting on the strengths and weaknesses of human nature.
Chaucer wrote the book: The Canterbury Tales, in which a group of men going on a journey all tell a tale. Within each tale is a moral lesson as well as each tale consists of a corrupt action committed within the church and is conveyed by those kind of characters within the story. One of the tales that Chaucer tells in his book is called: The pardoner 's tale. Within this tale the pardoner (who is telling the tale) is a preacher who often gives sermons but admits that he does is solely for money and not to condemn people of their sins. (Greed)