The Pardoner experiences an epiphany brought upon by the immorality of the tale he tells. This tale was told to the other travelers only because they wanted “some moral thing, so that they can learn something worthwhile”(pg 507, ll. 8-9). The Pardoner’s tale is of three men who kill each other over bushels of gold, which follows his theme to his preachings: the love of money is the root of all evil. Before he even started his tale, he explained to the travelers that he used fake relics and pardons to manipulate the poor and the sinners to freely give him their money. When he finishes his tale explains that “Jesus Christ, who is physician of our souls grant that you receive his pardon, for that is best, I will not deceive you.”(pg 539, ll 454-456). It is at this moment that the Pardoner realizes that he has greatly sinned, yet he hides his emotions by offering the travelers ...
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...tales in Dubliners because each character has discovered something that causes them to completely change their way of thinking or their way of life. These epiphanies, just like the Pardoner’s, are the key to character development and theme because the symbolism and storylines are not enough. In “Araby”, the young boy wouldn’t have learned how negative, or even unexciting the world can be without his own experience, and, in “The Dead”, Gabriel realizes there is a part of his own life that he never even knew about, which causes him to question his own life and ability to love. In both works, the epiphanies also help Chaucer and Joyce to praise or reprimand aspects of society because they promote change in the characters and the stories. So, in a sense, both Geoffrey Chaucer and James Joyce are promoting the same theme, in different manifestations, in different eras.
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