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Cupidity In The Pardoner's Tale

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In an all too similar fashion, the Pardoner lives the same scenario which he himself describes in “The Pardoner’s Tale.” As a religious figure, a pardoner is authorized to sell indulgences. Although he does indeed sell the pardons, the Pardoner does so in an evil and deceptive way. Margaret Hallissy confirms that “He deliberately uses his considerable homiletic skills to persuade his audience to demonstrate their ability to overcome cupidity by generously giving their money away—to him" (214). Because homosexuals were treated so poorly in the Middle Ages, the Pardoner has deep, psychological hurt and may have taken some of that pain out on others. Similar to the Old Man, the Pardoner deceives, in this case, pilgrims in a possibly evil
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