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Summary and Analysis of The Pardoner's Tale - Summary and Analysis of The Pardoner's Tale (The Canterbury Tales) Prologue to the Pardoner's Tale: The Host thinks that the cause of Virginia's death in the previous tale was her beauty. To counter the sadness of the tale, the Host suggests that the Pardoner tell a lighter tale. The Pardoner delays, for he wants to finish his meal, but says that he shall tell a moral tale. He says that he will tell a tale with this moral: the love of money is the root of all evil. He claims that during his sermons he shows useless trifles that he passes off as saints' relics....   [tags: Canterbury Tales The Pardoner's Tale Essays] 1337 words
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Essay on Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - Sin in The Pardoner's Tale - Importance of Sin in The Pardoner's Tale There are seven deadly sins that, once committed, diminish the prospect of eternal life and happiness in heaven. They are referred to as deadly because each sin is closely linked to another, leading to other greater sins. The seven deadly sins are pride, envy, anger, sloth, gluttony, avarice, and lechery. Geoffrey Chaucer's masterpiece, The Canterbury Tales, provided an excellent story about the deadly sins. Focusing mainly on the sins of pride, gluttony and greed, the characters found in The Canterbury Tales, particularly The Pardoner's Tale, were so overwhelmed by their earthly desires and ambitions that they failed to see the effe...   [tags: Pardoner's Tale] 774 words
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Essay on Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - Power of the Pardoner's Tale - The Power of the Pardoner's Tale       Geoffrey Chaucer was a author of the 12th century.  Chaucer is known as the father of English poetry.  He wrote Canterbury Tales which is a collection of narrative short stories written in verse.  "The Pardoners Tale" is among the more popular of these varied tales.  It is told by a pardoner who uses the story to preach against those who are blastfamous and gluttonous.  In an odd twist, after he tells the story he trys to sell others counterfiet relics.  In this short story about greed, disrespect and death Chaucer utilizes three important literary tools personification, irony, and symbolism....   [tags: Pardoner's Tale]
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The Rich Diversity of Meanings of the Pardoner's Tale - The Rich Diversity of Meanings of the Pardoner's Tale Chaucer’s innovation in the Pardoner’s performance tests our concept of dramatic irony by suggesting information regarding the Pardoner’s sexuality, gender identity, and spirituality, major categories in the politics of identity, without confirming that information. Our presumed understanding of the Pardoner as a character lacks substantiation. As we learn about the Pardoner through the narrator’s eyes and ears, we look to fit the "noble ecclesiaste" (l....   [tags: Pardoner's Tale Essays]
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Essay on Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - Evil Exposed in The Pardoner's Tale - The Root of Evil Exposed in The Pardoner's Tale   "The root of all evil is money."  Because this phrase has been repeated so many times throughout history, one can fail to realize the truth in this timeless statement.  Whether applied to the corrupt clergy of Geoffrey Chaucer's time, selling indulgences, or the corrupt televangelists of today, auctioning off salvation to those who can afford it, this truth never seems to lose its validity.  In Chaucer's famous work The Canterbury Tales, he points out many inherent flaws of human nature, all of which still apply today.  Many things have changed since the fourteenth century, but humanity's ability to act foolish is not...   [tags: Pardoner's Tale]
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The Tale of the Pardoner in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - A Look at the Pardoner: the Genius of Chaucer The Canterbury Tales is a literary masterpiece in which the brilliant author Geoffrey Chaucer sought out to accomplish various goals. Chaucer wrote his tales during the late 1300’s. This puts him right at the beginning of the decline of the Middle Ages. Historically, we know that a middle class was just starting to take shape at this time, due to the emerging commerce industry. Chaucer was able to see the importance and future success of the middle class, and wrote his work with them in mind....   [tags: Pardoner's Tale] 1940 words
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The Pardoner’s Tale of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - The Canterbury Tales - The Pardoner’s Tale  One might assume that the person telling the story has a lot to do with the story they're telling.  This is the case in the Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales." In the tale of "The Pardoner's", the voice tells a tale dealing with his famous preach; "Radix malorum est Cupiditas."  In English, "The root of all evil is Greed." An ironic distinction can be made with what a "Pardoner" is known to be, the character (the voice/Pardoner), and the tale that he tells....   [tags: Pardoner's Tale] 449 words
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Compariing Three Versions of Chaucer's Pardoner's Tale - Compariing Three Versions of Chaucer's Pardoner's Tale One of the interesting things about the works of Chaucer is the amount of difference one can find between the different manuscripts of his work. I thought it would be interesting to look at the difference between two manuscripts, using the transcriptions available in the Chaucer Society Specimens of all the Accessible Unprinted Manuscripts of the Canterbury Tales. I found a copy that has comparative versions of the manuscripts assigned to us, taking a look at the Pardoner's Tale....   [tags: Chaucer Pardoner's Tale Canterbury Essays]
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The Pardoner’s Tale vs. The Chaucer’s Prologue - Geoffrey Chaucer introduces numerous characters in the prologue of The Canterbury Tales; each character possessing a distinct personality and lifestyle. Chaucer gives insight into the lives of the characters on their pilgrimage to Canterbury. The Pardoner unfurls his thoughts and feelings giving us extended insight into his own character, by providing us with a tale of his own. In doing so, he contrasts other pious figures who are introduced in the prologue, with character traits consisting of an effeminate lifestyle, avariciousness, as well as hypocrisy....   [tags: Pardoner’s Tale, Geoffrey Chaucer, characters, rel] 603 words
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Essay on Verbal and Situational Irony in The Pardoner’s Tale of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - The Pardoner’s Tale: Use of Verbal and Situational Irony In “The Pardoner’s Tale,” Geoffrey Chaucer masterfully frames an informal homily. Through the use of verbal and situational irony, Chaucer is able to accentuate the moral characteristics of the Pardoner. The essence of the story is exemplified by the blatant discrepancy between the character of the storyteller and the message of his story. By analyzing this contrast, the reader can place himself in the mind of the Pardoner in order to account for his psychology....   [tags: Pardoner's Tale] 752 words
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Essay on Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - Greed in the Pardoner’s Tale - The Pardoner’s Greed   The pardoner, in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Pardoner’s Tale, is a devious character.  He is a man with a great knowledge of the Catholic Church and a great love of God. However, despite the fact that he is someone whom is looked at with respect at the time, the pardoner is nothing more than an imposter who makes his living by fooling people into thinking he forgives their sins, and in exchange for pardons, he takes their money.  His sermon-like stories and false relics fool the people of the towns he visits and make him seem as a plausible man, which is exactly what the pardoner wants.  In fact, the pardoner is an avaricious and deceitful character whose driving force...   [tags: Pardoner's Tale Essays]
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The Pardoner's Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer - ... Throughout the story of The Pardoners Tale we can relate concepts of Gluttony to the three main characters. A prime example would be when the three men were gorging massive amounts of food and wine at the cabin, while conversing about their deceased friend. Eventually the consumption of alcohol led the three men making bad decisions, such as chasing after, death, a spiritual figure that can not be tamed. In the story his tone of voice infers that their gluttony ultimately led to their own downfall....   [tags: Faus Semblant, story analysis]
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The Pardoner's Tale - The Pardoner's Tale The world is full of hypocrites and in the story “The Pardoner’s Tale”, Chaucer writes about a man who is living a life of sin. The Pardoner’s tale is an epologia of a pardoner who has the power from the church to forgive others for their sins but makes a living out of lying and tricking his audience. Throughout the Pardoner’s Tale he preaches about greed, drinking, blasphemy, and gambling but in the Pardoner’s Prologue he admits to committing these sins himself. The pardoner is really just a 14th century con artist who makes a living by his own hypocrisy....   [tags: English Literature Essays] 650 words
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Essay on The Pardoner of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - The Canterbury Tales - The Pardoner The Canterbury Tales is a poetic story of a group of people, who were going to pilgrimage. They were going to the tomb of St. Thomas a Bechet in Canterbury, which is about sixty miles from London in England. In that group, there were clergy and laity people. And in the poem Chaucer described all of them so well that we can easily see the picture of how they lived and how they behaved in manners of work and other ways of life. And while he was describing, he also criticized some members of the clergy position, because of their abusing of their position and doing things that they were not supposed to do, or not doing something they were supposed to do in...   [tags: Pardoner's Tale] 617 words
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Chaucers: The Pardoner's Corruption Tale - Written in the fourteenth century by Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales bursts its way into the literary world, and quickly made its mark as one of the early English masterpieces. Its poetic verses often disguised the disdain that Chaucer possessed for the hypocritical behaviors that were (and in many ways still are) present with the religious leaders. Throughout this lyrical writing, Chaucer tackles the opulent monk, the corrupt friar, and the flirtatious nun. However, the Pardoner is one of Geoffrey Chaucer's more difficult characters to understand....   [tags: Literature] 850 words
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Chaucer's View of the Pardoner as a Character - Chaucer's View of the Pardoner as a Character In the Pardoner’s Tale, Chaucer presents the Pardoner in a particular light, and being a religious figure, this allows him to make a general statement about religion at the time. Chaucer’s view of the Pardoner as a character, and also as something to epitomise religion at the time, is evident from his use of vocabulary, his style, and by using strong imagery and description. In this way, Chaucer builds the character of the Pardoner as someone who is ironically deceptive and driven by his own selfish motives....   [tags: Geoffrey Chaucer The Pardoner's Tale Essays] 1163 words
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The Pardoner's Tale of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales - The Pardoner's Tale of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales is a structured novel which starts with the narrator obtaining twenty traveling companions at an inn. They are all traveling to Canterbury to pay homage to a saint. On their way, these colorful individuals decide to make the trip more bearable by having a story telling contest. Each will tell one story on the way to Canterbury, and one story on the way back. The winner will be decided by the inn's host, who is accompanying them....   [tags: Geoffrey Chaucer Canterbury Tales] 1495 words
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Sin, Guilt and Shame in The Pardoner's Tale -   Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Pardoner's Tale," a relatively straightforward satirical and anti-capitalist view of the church, contrasts motifs of sin with the salvational properties of religion to draw out the complex self-loathing of the emasculated Pardoner. In particular, Chaucer concentrates on the Pardoner's references to the evils of alcohol, gambling, blasphemy, and money, which aim not only to condemn his listeners and unbuckle their purses, but to elicit their wrath and expose his eunuchism....   [tags: The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer]
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The Opening of the Pardoner’s Tale - At the opening of the Pardoner’s Tale, Chaucer introduces the three main characters and, by his description of them, identifies them as sinners. Also, through emotive lingual and poetic techniques, a mood is set which the rest of the tale can later develop. The Pardoner’s Tale is a sermon against the folly of cupiditas, and the opening serves well to begin that tale. The protagonists themselves, introduced near the outset as "yonge folk that haunteden folye", are clearly established as archetypal sinners as they "daunce", "pleyen at dees", "eten ......   [tags: The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer] 663 words
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The Pardoner and His Tale - The Pardoner and His Tale The Pardoner is a renaissance figure that wanders the lands in hopes of bringing forgiveness to those in need. This Pardoner is a bad pardoner among the other pardoners. The tale that he tells is a moral one that is suppose to bring about the desire from people to ask for forgiveness. Instead the Pardoner uses this tale as a way of contracting money from his fellow pilgrims. The Pardoner is a person that is suppose to practice what he preaches. What that person does affects those that look up to that person....   [tags: Papers] 1239 words
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Greed Depicted in Chaucer's The Pardoner’s Tale - A pardoner is a person that could relieve someone from their sins. In the case of the Pardoners Tale, the Pardoner expects money for relieving sinners from their sins and for telling a story. The pardoner in this tale is hypocritical, his scare tactics prove this. He says that greed over things like money is an evil thing, and his audience should give him large amounts of money so he can pardon them from their sins. In the beginning of The Pardoners Tale he talks about his qualifications and what he does, talking to several people....   [tags: literary analysis] 775 words
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Information Is Power - ... In the case of The Pardoner's Tale, three men, drunkards and gamblers, are informed of the demise of one of their friends at the hands of a mysterious person named Death. In their drunkenness they venture off to try and find Death and avenge their friend. Death, however, has the upper hand in this situation as he knows that they are coming. The three men stumble upon Death in the form of a very old man, the story states, “Lo, how I vanisshe, flessh and blood and skin. Allas, whan shal my bones been at reste (Lines 444-445)?” After a brief interview the men as where they can find Death and the old man (Death) points them in the direction of a grove....   [tags: the Pardoner's Tale, Twelfth Night] 598 words
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The Moral Implications of The Pardoner?s Tale and The Nun?s Priest?s T - During the Middle Ages, England was a nation in social chaos. Deception of every kind was rampart throughout the lands. Many people felt that there was a great need for moral improvement in society. In Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales he clearly brings to light his thoughts and concerns of “ethical cleansing.” No tale more fully expresses this idea than that of “The Pardoner’s Tale” and “The Nun’s Priest’s Tale.” “The Pardoner’s Tale” suggests a profile of the Pardoner as a moral man, a man of God....   [tags: essays research papers] 814 words
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A Pardoner Who Needs A Bath - The dominance of men in the Middle Ages is unethical, irrational, and dangerous; women are given few rights and the opportunity to earn rights is non-existent. The dictates to the dominance is formed by the internal combination of man’s personal desire and religious interference. In Geoffrey Chaucer’s, The Canterbury Tales, the combined perspectives’ on a haughty Pardoner and non-subservient wife is the stronghold of separation in moral roles. The moral roles between men and women are exemplified in the rankings of religious hierarchy for men are at the top and women towards the bottom....   [tags: Gender Issues]
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What Makes the Pardoner Corrupted in Geoffrey Chaucer The Pardoneer´s Tales - ... He point out that he really care of other people except himself. For his gluttony and his greediness, he don’t care anything else, that means his teaching and his way of doing are all wrong. The Pardoner said, “Do you believe, as long as I can preach, acquiring gold and silver while I teach, that willfully I’d live in poverty. It’s never crossed my mind, quite truthfully. No, I will preach and beg in sundry lands and never will I labor with my hands or take up basketweaving for a living. I won’t be begging idly, they’ll be giving”(Chaucer 439 - 447)....   [tags: greediness, gluttony, selfnesses] 699 words
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The Pardoner of The Canterbury Tales - The Pardoner of The Canterbury Tales How can a man exact vengeance on God if there is nothing a mortal can do to hurt Him. The Pardoner was born sterile, which resulted in abnormal physical development. He blames God for his deformities and attempts to attack God by attacking the link between God and mankind – the Church. In The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer indirectly depicts the characters through the stories they tell. The tale is a window upon the person that tells it. However, the Pardoner’s tale seems to contradict this situation....   [tags: The Canterbury Tales] 696 words
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Analysis of Kittredge's Chaucer's Pardoner - Analysis of Kittredge's Chaucer's Pardoner A realistic character is an important element of literary works. This "dramatic propriety" is a characteristic that many critics believe is absent in Chaucer's "The Pardoner's Tale" due to lack of believability. However, George Kittredge challenges this view in "Chaucer's Pardoner", stating that throughout the tale, the pardoner is indeed an extremely realistic and complex character. Kittredge's defense of "The Pardoner's Tale" begins with his acknowledgement of alternative explanations for the pardoner's unusual confession....   [tags: Papers] 571 words
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Pardoner's Manipulation of Audience - Pardoner's Manipulation of Audience The Pardoner has had a graduate education in the rhetoric of confession. Chaucer might intend it to be merely cutely ironic that this confessor confesses -- as in "isn't that a turning of the tables, la!" On the other hand, it may well be that the Pardoner is practicing his rhetorical prowess on the other pilgrims, and on us, with the extreme skill of a cynical and perceptive man who's heard every villainy and mastered every deception....   [tags: Papers] 804 words
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Lessons To Be Learned From "The Pardoners Tale" - In the Pardoners Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer, the narrator, the Pardoner, is very greedy an deceitful. His tale is about three rioters who go on a mission to seek death and kill him. Instead of finding death, an old man guided them to a tree which had gold beneath it. The gold symbolizes death because it led the rioters to sin and they became very greedy. The three rioters and the pardoner have a lot in common. The rioters and the pardoner both have many characteristics that reflect them as being greedy and disrespectful men....   [tags: Classic Literature] 479 words
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The Pardoner, a Symbol of Greed in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales - Geoffrey Chaucer’s famous medieval classic, The Canterbury Tales, offers its readers a vast array of characters. This God’s plenty features numerous unique and challenging individuals, but there is one specifically who stands out as particularly interesting. The immoral Pardoner, who, in a sense, sells away his soul for the sake of his own avarice, puzzles many modern readers with his strange logic. Already having laid his considerable guilt upon the table, this corrupted agent of the Church attempts to pawn off his counterfeit relics for a generous price....   [tags: Canterbury Tales]
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The Pardoner as Symbol in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales - The Pardoner as Symbol for the Pilgrims’ Unattainable Goals in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales Geoffrey Chaucer’s work, The Canterbury Tales, paints a portrait of medieval life through the voices and stories of a wide variety of speakers. The people on the Pilgrimage tell their stories for a wide range of reasons. Each Tale is told in order to accomplish two things. The Tales provoke their audience as much as they are a kind of self-reflection. These reactions range from humor, to extreme anger, to open admiration....   [tags: Canterbury Tales Essays]
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Geoffrey Chaucer Used Satire in His Tales - ... One of the characters he explains is the Friar. The Friar is a priest for the church; he is supposed to be a role model for the people of England, but he is the opposite. “There was a Friar, a wanton one and merry a limiter, a very festive fellow. In all Four Orders there was none so mellow, so glib with gallant phrase and well turned speech. He’d fixed up many a marriage, giving each of his young women what he could afford her.” Even though he was a high and mighty priest, he would go out and get young girls pregnant and then find them a husband....   [tags: catholic, church, pardoner]
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Power and Corruption in The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer - The Canterbury Tales is a very popular and well known set of stories, written by Geoffrey Chaucer. This collection of stories is great entertainment and some even provide very good moral lessons; most of these stories show the contempt Chaucer had for the Church of England which had control at the time over most of England. Chaucer’s bias towards the corruption of the Church is best demonstrated in the Pardoner’s Prologue, in contradiction with the Parson’s Tale, and the level of power within the Church structure....   [tags: the church, leader, pardoner]
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A Comparison of The Pardoners Tale and Beowulf - The Importance of The Pardoners Tale and Beowulf Literary history is a history of the major literary traditions, movements, works, and authors of a country, region, etc. (Barber 837). The understanding of literary history allows us insight into the past, a recognition of historical events and tensions written into the works of those who witnessed them. By including societal behaviors, political tensions, and common folklore, historical authors have indirectly provided the reader with a broader and deeper understanding of the literature and the period in which it was written....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 1426 words
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Pardoners Tale, Chaucer, Canterbury - The Pardoner's Subconscious Character "The Pardoner's Tale," by Geoffrey Chaucer, makes evident the parallel between the internal emotions of people and the subconscious exposure of those emotions. This particular story, from The Canterbury Tales, is a revealing tale being told by a medieval pardoner to his companions on a journey to Canterbury. Though the Pardoner's profession is to pardon and absolve the sins of people, he actually lives in constant violation of sins such as gluttony, gambling, and, most importantly, avarice....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Canterbury Tales - Criticism of the Church in the Summoner’s Tale and the Prioress’s Tale - Criticism of the Catholic Church in the Summoner’s Tale and the Prioress’s Tale Many pilgrims in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales held a religious position. Some of these people’s personal ideas have caused debates and criticism over Chaucer’s opinion of the Catholic Church. Critics have discussed the ideas that were presented both subtly and openly. Two of the pilgrims and their tales will be discussed: the Prioress and the Pardoner. Both of these tales offer points of criticism in the Catholic Church....   [tags: Summoner’s Tale Essays]
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Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - Comparing Dishonesty in The Physician's and Pardoner's Tales - Dishonesty and Hypocrisy in The Physician's and Pardoner's Tales      Chaucer presents characters in the Physician's and Pardoner's Tales who are very similar to each other in one important way. Although the characters seem on the surface to be mirror images of each other, they have an important underlying similarity: both the physician and the pardoner are not what they appear to be to most people. Both are hypocritical, although they show this hypocrisy in different ways.   One way of seeing this hypocrisy, in the case of the physician's tale, is to examine the way the similarities and differences between the knight Virginius and the physician himself in terms of what he sees as mora...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Analysis of The Canon's Yeoman's Tale - Summary and Analysis of The Canon's Yeoman's Tale (The Canterbury Tales) Prologue to the Canon's Yeoman's Tale: When the story of Saint Cecilia was finished and the company continued on their journey, they came across two men. One of them was clad all in black and had been traveling quickly on their horses; the narrator believes that he must be a canon (an alchemist). The Canon's Yeoman said that they wished to join the company on their journey, for they had heard of their tales. The Host asked if the Canon could tell a tale, and the Yeoman answers that the Canon knows tales of mirth and jollity, and is a man whom anybody would be honored to know....   [tags: Canterbury Tales The Canon's Yeoman's Tale Essays] 760 words
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Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - Comparing The Pardoners Tale and The Nun's Priest's Tale - Irony in The Pardoners Tale and The Nun's Priest's Tale   Irony is the general name given to literary techniques that involve surprising, interesting,or amusing contradictions. 1  Two stories that serve as excellent demonstrations of irony are "The Pardoners Tale" and " The Nun's Priest's Tale," both from Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. Although these two stories are very different, they both use irony to teach a lesson.         Of the stories, "The Pardoners Tale" displays the most irony....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Secularism v. Spirituality in the Second Nun's Tale - Secularism v. Spirituality in the Second Nun's Tale         In the General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales, Chaucer describes the men and women of the Church in extreme forms; most of these holy pilgrims, such as the Monk, the Friar, and Pardoner, are caricatures of objectionable parts of Catholic society.  At a time when the power-hungry Catholic Church used the misery of peasants in order to obtain wealth, it is no wonder that one of the greatest writers of the Middle Ages used his works to comment on the religious politics of the day.          Yet not all of Chaucer's religious characters are failures in spirituality....   [tags: Second Nun's Tale]
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Summary and Analysis of The Wife of Bath's Tale - Summary and Analysis of The Wife of Bath's Tale Prologue to the Wife of Bath's Tale: The Wife of Bath begins the prologue to her tale by boasting of her experience in marriage. She has married five men already, and ignores the idea that this is a reproach to Christian principles. She is merely adhering to the Christian principle of "be fruitful and multiply." She cites the case of King Solomon, who had multiple wives, and tells the group that she welcomes the opportunity for her sixth husband....   [tags: Canterbury Tales The Wife of Bath's Tale Essays] 1854 words
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The Pardoner from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - The Pardoner from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales In Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, The Pardoner tells a story in the form of a sermon, an exemplum, to be exact. He intends to teach the congregation that "love of money is the root of all evil" and that "consequences of sin is death." The symbolic function of The Old Man is debatable; is he, for instance "Death's messenger", Death himself, or a satanic figure who tempts, much in the fashion of the Devil as serpent in the Adam and Ever story. The story is made even more complex and ironic by the disreputable character of the Pardoner as narrator....   [tags: Canterbury Tales Geoffrey Chaucer Essays] 680 words
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The Physician’s Tale - The Physician’s tale was very different from the other Canterbury tales because of its obvious character’s characteristics, straight to the point and speedy plot and dénouement, and a misleading moral. It tells the story of a young girl whose virginity was threatened and the heights a father would go to protect her and the family’s honor. It was also different in that it did not begin with a prologue, like most of the other tales. Chaucer’s main influence of the tale was the Roman de la Rose (Romance of the Rose) which was written by Guillaume de Lorris and finished by Jean de Meung....   [tags: Literary Analysis] 1076 words
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The Characters in the Millers Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer - The Characters in the Millers Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer During the middle ages, religion was the matrix of a person’s life. Everything, even boiling an egg, depended on religion, for the egg was cooked when the prayer was finished. With religion came certain morals and ideals that even now are associated with Christianity. A person was viewed based on how he measured up to the ideals of his profession or position in life. This was mostly proven in the satiric tone that Geoffrey Chaucer chooses to give to the narrator, in the Prologue, when describing such corrupt characters as the Monk and the Pardoner....   [tags: Papers] 472 words
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Women's Desire to Be Happy in The Canterbury Tale by Chaucer - The question still remains even today that what do women most desire to be happy. The Canterbury tale, by Chaucer the Wife of bath talks about women and their happiness. The wife of bath’s prologue describes the audience about her experience with men and marriage from her past. As Chaucer starts to describe Allison, the wife of bath the very first word from her prologue is Experience. It is clear to the audience is that her prologue and her tale will definitely be focused with her experience in her life....   [tags: wife, wealth, sex]
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