Figurative Language In The Pardoner's Tale

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Geoffrey Chaucer was an author, known as the father of English poetry for his recognition in all his literary works. He wrote the Canterbury Tales, which are multiple stories composed into one to create a form of poetry. "The Pardoners Tale" is the most recognized work of art he put together out of these multiple stories. The story is told in first person, which makes use of the story to lecture against the individuals who are ignorant, and profane. In this short tale about eagerness, but also death, Chaucer uses three forms of figurative language such as irony, personification, and symbolism to tell a story of three rioters. The Pardoners Tale is a short story about three irresponsible men who caused nothing but trouble. The men would spend their nights drunk, nearly hopeless. "No, let me drink the alcohol of the grape"…show more content…
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. He begs God to take him and blames his ugliness and paleness as to why God wont take him. The three men hear him talk about Death, and begin to ask where they could find him. The old man then gives the three men advice on how to find Death. The old mans advice was that they will find Death under the oak tree. “If you're so anxious to find Death, turn up this crooked path; for in that grove I left him, by my faith, under a tree and there he’ll stay.” (Chaucer 283). The advice is not very practical, yet the three men still listen to him. The author lets the audience know that the three men who are on this journey are not very bright, as seen with their
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