The Pardoner's Tale Character Analysis

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In The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, the social status of the character is important to his or her point of view. In the story, he uses a lot of characters to show his use of irony and characterization, but none is more ironic than the Pardoner. The Pardoner is a preacher who lives a life full of greed. Then he tells a tale about greedy men with a personality similar of that of his own. In the General Prologue, the Pardoner is described as being a preacher. He preaches against being greedy and wanting more than what a person needs. He admits to doing all these things but still preaches against them. "I only preach of avarice and the like, And in this way induce them to be free In giving cash--especially to me. Because my only interest is in gain.” The Pardoner also doesn’t feel guilty about his own greed or selfishness but tries to distract the group, the pilgrims listening, with his story. Chaucer also uses ironic characterization to describe the…show more content…
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