Comparing A Simple Plan And The Pardoner's Tale

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In what ways have the changing values and attitude of different times been shown by the study of your two texts? In your response you must refer closely to each of the set texts for this module. Values and attitudes of different times are bound to change due to the context and beliefs during the certain time. Although most immoral values are expected to change, money will forever be the trigger of all evils. As seen in Geoffrey Chaucer’s fourteenth century text The Pardoner’s Tale, money has the power to destroy relationships and turn good into evil. Similarly, Sam Raimi’s twentieth century film A Simple Plan uses the same idea from Chaucer’s piece of writing and gives a modern day twist to the same notion of avarice which ultimately destroys…show more content…
As seen in The Pardoner’s Tale, the notion of greed is presented through mankind’s susceptibility to money. Chaucer lived in a theocratic time where society was based around the church and in this case, the Pardoner was seen as highly respected due to his commitments to the church. The Pardoner’s Tale is a part of the story on the pilgrimage which explores the spiritual context of damnation. As the Pardoner speaks to the congregation in a sermon styled poetry, he adopts a superior attitude towards the ignorant pilgrims “Thus sitte I ooute my venym of hoolynesse”. Chaucer created a variety of flawed Church officials on this pilgrimage and most are portrayed in a subtle satiric manner, however, the Pardoner is scathingly and sarcastically depicted as a petty, mean, self-serving irredeemable hypocrite. He is morally bankrupt and the exchange with the host at the end indicates the contempt most pilgrims had for him. The film A Simple Plan develops the avarice theme to show how easily the American Dream degenerates into a nightmare when happiness is equated with material wealth “you work for the American Dream, you don’t steal it”. Raimi extends the story into a full length film, set in an iconic small American town, and focuses on the characters of and relationships between the three men, in a retrospective narrative framed by the voiceover of Hank, talking about what constitutes happiness and how one can tell if one is
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