Greed In The Pardoner's Tale

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Greed or Wrath?
Greed greed is in the air, greed greed is everywhere. Geoffrey Chaucer’s story The Canterbury Tales begins with a prologue that gives us some background of the setting and why theses stories are being told. The pilgrims were traveling and to pass the time they told stories. There were two main stories that we read, “The Pardoner’s Tale” and “The Wife of bath’s Tale”. These are two of the multiple stories in The Canterbury Tales. These stories tell stories that make fun of the church.The two stories also have a main focus of explaining morals in a hidden way. Both stories express more than one moral and it gives the reader a sense of what Chaucer is trying to express. “The Pardoners’s Tale” Is a better story because of its relatible
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In “The Pardoner’s Tale” Three rioters end up dead from being so greedy. As the rioters were out on their quest to find death, they find some gold. When they found the gold, their main priority was not to find and kill death, but to find a way to get the gold to one of their houses. One of the rioters say “If one could only get the gold away,/ Back to my house or else to yours, Perhaps-/For as you know, the the gold is ours chaps…”(176). Before they found the gold, an old man stopped them, and said “Not even Death, alas, will take my life;/so, like a wretched prisoner at strife/within himself, I walk alone and wait/about the Earth, which is my mothers…show more content…
For example, “The Wife of Bath’s” gives us a glimpse at the moral of wrath. In the story after the knight and the old women are becoming intimate, and the knight is refusing. The old women begins to yell at him. The Old woman goes on and on until she gets to her point. She then asked a simple question “You have two choices; Which will in will will you try?/ to have me old and ugly till I die,/ but still away oh, true, and humble wife/ that will never displease you after her life,/ or would you rather I were young and pretty/ end chance your arm what happens in the in the city/ where friends will visit you because of me,/ yes, and in other places too, maybe./ Which would you have the choice is all your own”(395-403). This relates to the moral of wrath, because she let out all of her feelings and opinions about the topic, just to get to this particular point. Although “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” does connect to multiple morals, the main focus is geared away, but “The Pardoner’s Tale” sticks to one storyline and focuses on one
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