Moral Education In The Pardoner's Tale

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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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