How Is Irony Used In The Pardoner's Tale

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Just like in comedy, irony plays a prevalent role in literature; in The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, irony is not only used several times to poke fun at character and the narrator, but also gives them more life and a greater depth. In its multiple uses it is especially noticeable in The Prologue, The Pardoner's Tale, and The Wife of Bath. In the stories irony helped to show the reader the relevance of the story, but also the importance of its message.

In the prologue of The Canterbury Tales, irony was used multiple times to introduce the characters. For example, the monk who lives his life more lavishly than he should, normally would be thought to be a prudent and virtuous man. The monk is described as being large and boisterous, he loves to hunt and moreover he loves to eat.
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