A boat of pilgrims is heading towards Canterbury on a ship to visit a Saint. Since the boat ride will be a lengthy time, the host decided to introduce a game to pass the time by. Each pilgrim was to tell two stories on the way to Canterbury and two on the way back from Canterbury. The winner was to be judged on moral education and entertainment of their tales. There are around thirty pilgrims on the boat, which will result in about one hundred twenty total stories told. Two tales have been told so far, “The Knight’s Tale” and “The Pardoner’s Tale.” Although both stories show moral education in some way, “The Knight’s Tale” has an excelling message due to the knight’s character. The Pardoner seemed to obviously be an imposter. He does not have the proper catholic clothing, but only sewed relics on his raggy clothing. He has fake relics and charges naive people to touch them. He is an exceedingly greedy man. Even though “The Pardoner’s Tale” exemplified a superior story for moral education, his character defeats his story. The Pardoner told a story about three scoundrels who come across gold coins. They all agree to split the gold equally. However, one of the scoundrels decided he wanted all the gold for himself so he planned to poison the other two scoundrels. The scoundrel then mixed up the bottles of poison and …show more content…
Sure, the tale involves scoundrels, gold, poison, greed, and death, but there are simply just not as many qualities of a sensational story. The Pardoner very hastily told the story, keeping it short and sweet. The knight, however, drug out his story, keeping the listener on the edge of his or her seat aching for the next detail. The Knight simply had better storytelling skills than the pardoner. Since the knight had better storytelling skills, his story appeared to the listener as more entertaining. The Pardoner just did not put enough details into his
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A modern adaptation of Geoffrey Chaucer’s ‘A Pardoners Tale’, has been transformed from a prose poem into a film called ‘A Simple Plan’, by Sam Raimi. A Simple Plan does sustain interest in the text A Pardoners Tale, as many of the valued elements have been adapted to suit current society’s expectations and morals. Ramie has achieved success in reconstructing and reinventing key elements from the moral tal8e produced in the late 1300’s (also known as ‘The Chaucerian era’). Raimi demonstrates an ability to engage audiences by communicating the values of greed, murder and deception, this is despite the change in context which have altered considerably. Greed is present in both texts.
Each tale reveals moral lessons that attempt to prevent the reader from performing the same mistakes as the character. “The Pardoner’s Tale” and “The Reeve’s Tale” possess similar themes, distinct differences arise in the topics presented in each passage. “The Pardoner’s Tale” and “The Reeve’s Tale” illustrates how greed corrupts men, how sin leads to more sin, and how revenge drives men to undertake foolish feats. The differences between Chaucer’s tales allows for a humorous yet insightful
“Radix malorum est cupiditas” translated from Latin into “Greed is the root of all evil.” (Chaucer 125) Throughout the Pardoner’s Tale, written by Geoffrey Chaucer, this is the story of three men that treat people lower than them and they end up finding a whole pile of gold, but they end up killing each other to get the gold to themselves. The entirety of the three men end up dead and not even one gets the gold. There are many topics involving greed, this essay will involve what it is about, the dangers, and the benefits of controlling the desire to gain.
The Pardoners tale begins in lines (81 to 85) where three very good friends were drinking at a tavern. Then they left the tavern and while they were walking come across a old man. The man was quite interesting, he lead the trio of friends to a bunch of gold. I personal think that the old man is Death considering that he said if they would find Death under the tree.
The reader would likely get the most entertainment value out of “The Knight’s Tale” due to the length of the rivalry between the two knights, their hidden love from the princess, and the eventually skirmish between the two, while “The Pardoner’s Tale” is much shorter since the Pardoner was attempting to quickly swindle the Host. “The Pardoner’s Tale” also struggles to have interesting characters that the reader can connect with, especially when compared to “The Knight’s Tale” with Theseus, Emily, Arcite and Palamon all playing a role in the story and being easily relatable. “The Pardoner’s Tale” is also harder to relate to since the reader has likely never attempted to find and kill Death, while most have rivalries and competitions with their friends over the affection of another like in “The Knight’s Tale”. Overall, the ability to connect to the story and characters of “The Knight’s Tale” makes it the winner in entertainment
This is ironic as the pardoner tries to get the group to give him money after telling them how it was all a scam, “My holy pardon saves you from all this:/ If you will offer nobles, sterlings, rings,/ Soome brooches, spoons or other silver things,”(906-908). While he knows that they know his faulsities he deliberately ignores this in order to try and proceed with his con. Another layer of irony in this is that he promises pureness while he himself is not pure, “If you will give. You’ll be as clean and pure/
The Pardoner is extremely upfront regarding his greedy motives as seen in the quote “For myn entente is nat but for to wynne,” (117). The sole reason he is in this game is no other reason than to make money. The revelation of this goal results in an ironic situation as his job consists of preaching against greed, while the only reason of his employment is driven by his own greed. “To yeven hir pens; and namely, unto me” is also written as “With offered pence, the which pence come to me” (116). Through this line, the audience can see that the character of the Pardoner, himself, does not see his situation as particularly ironic, instead, to him, is what he has to do in order to support his lifestyle.
The two stories 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 moral that focuses on greed, and its multiple uses of figurative language and irony. The medieval period was mostly about staying true to god and making sure you didn’t commit any of the seven deadly sins.
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.
“All they needed was a series of impressive looking letters and a confident manner in making the appeal” (Chaucer role of pardoner).The pardoner would go on to using the same tricks on everyone they saw near them. All they did was pull out the papers with the bishop's signature and use a confident manner to impress them. When the people of the villages found out about the scamming they would just ignore the pardoner's when they saw them. The pardoner’s were looked down upon the people all over the villages and all across the land. They would just simply ignore them or just keep on walking if they happened to come across a pardoner.
Throughout the Pardoner's tale, the Pardoner tells a story about the love of money and its consequences. However, instead of applying these lessons to his life, he completely neglects the morals of the story and continues down a path of
The gold coins symbolized greed and acted as their desire for wealth. When the youngest of them went back to town, the other two plotted to kill him to divide the coins equally: “Then all this money will be ours to spend,/ Divided equally of course, dear friend./
This is because the Pardoner himself is a very greedy person. He chooses to steal from the church, make money off of things that are not worth anything, and chooses to cheat society. He was supposed to be the one who was pardoning people from their sins that they committed, but instead he was worried about himself and what he had. b.) In making this tale, Chaucer had a point that he wanted to make overall.
“The Knight’s Tale” includes four different parts, so this tale include an extensive amounts of imagery and entertainment. “The Pardoner’s Tale” includes entertainment as well. This tale is one full section and is much shorter than the Knight’s tale. Some entertaining portions of the Pardoner’s tale include when the three rioters journey to find and kill Death, and when each rioters plan to kill the others to gain all the gold and wealth for themselves. Each plan doesn’t end up working causing all three of the rioters kill each other.