Pardoners Tale Reanalyzed

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The Pardoners Tale Reanalyzed As we all know, most tales deliver a messages to its reader. Chaucer, throughout The Pardoners Tale, focuses on the deadly sin of Avarice and its potential consequences. The conflict that the pardoner portrays, discusses his own greed and greed of others. He, the pardoner, stealing from the less fortunate through church preaching’s about greed as they pay, but preaching against greed as being a sin. This sin of greed sets the theme for the tale, but throughout contradicts the pardoner. The three wrongdoers in the tale are used to reveal the truth about what greed can bring and exposes the truth of the pardoner. Thus helping the reader to realize the pardoner himself is a degenerate. This tale is not only a tale but can be viewed as a lesson to the reader. Moreover, leaving the reader to take note, visualize, and understand what is right from wrong. Upon reading the tale, the pardoner opens up with letting the audience know he himself is guilty of greed. Not knowing if he is confessing this because of drunkenness or not he is aware and possesses virtue for he understand the value of repentance. “And thus I preach against the very vice I make my living out of avarice,” (pg.168, 5-6) says the pardoner. Contradicting himself, by saying one thing and doing the complete opposite. Aware of his heinous actions, he feels as though all he has to do is repent along with those who he preaches to. Preaching covetousness and the sin of greed is how the pardoner makes his living. The pardoner says, “Though it were given my by the poorest lad or poorest village widow, though she had a string of starving children agape” (pg. 168-169, 27-29). The pardoner, whom is clearly a degenerate, is okay with taking from others to benefit him but preachers against greed making him hypocritical. The thought of the Pardoner is defined by his unyielding love of
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