"The Waste Land" in The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Sixth Edition, Volume 2. General Ed. M.H. Abrams. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1993.
He just wants it all for himself. That is why he only hangs around with the rich and not the poor. During these times many people have no proper education and are very gullible. This is a reason why the church takes advantage of them. Without a doubt, these characters are a reason why Chaucer has a negative view towards the Church.
Though told by a self-confessed liar and hypocrite, the tale has a powerful moral and imaginative effect. How far do you agree with this view of the text? Chaucer’s pardoner is an enigmatic, paradoxical figure, both intriguing yet repulsive. From the very beginning of his Prologue the Pardoner makes no attempts to hide his “ypocrise,” instead taking a perverse pleasure in the extent of his corruption. As seen in the portrait of the Monk in The General Prologue, Chaucer allows the Pardoner to condemn himself.
He makes the summoner believe that he himself is a thief as well. We see this happen when the devil says, “My wages are right scanty, and but small. My lord is harsh to me and niggardly, my job is most laborious, you see; and therefore by extortion do I live” (162-165). Hallissy agrees when he states, “When Geoffrey comments that the friar likes the company of such people better than that of lepers and beggars…such worldly values are inappropriate in a follower of Christ”. (Hallissy 33).
The Norton Anthology of English Literature. E Ed. M. H. Abrams. 6th ed. New York: Norton, 1996.
The Parson cares little for his own wealth, but is a great deal concerned about the poverty of his parishoners. The Friar cares very little about poverty, but is terribly concerned about his own income. On the subject of personal wealth, these two men may be seen as complete opposites, one showing the horror and inappropriate actions of the other, and th... ... middle of paper ... ... his preaching. He can be seen as a good example of how a clergyman should be. The Friar on the other hand in deed, speech, motives, and reasoning, is questionable in relation to his position.
Laurana, principled as a symbol of innocence, yields a detached atmosphere regarding his acquaintances: “it was something opaque, dense, almost repressed” (Sciascia 43). Sciascia’s use of contrast, subtly established by these shallow observations, introduces the driving force behind the investigation in conjunction with Laurana’s tragic flaw: purblind trust. Laurana believes in the “supremacy of reason and candor over irrationality and... ... middle of paper ... ...limax of To Each His Own features Rosello’s integrity as a mafioso in sheep’s clothing at juxtaposition with the sleuthing Professor Laurana’s opaque complacency in disengaging his better judgment. Impaired by his loyalty and oblivious to the facade established in the semblance of friendship, he maintains this complacency even after his investigation undeviatingly points him to Rosello, Ragana, and the Branca cigar. Laurana, without comprehension of the danger he is facing.
His actions are slightly troubling and mysterious, but his shameless misdeed is easily explainable if a reader chooses to interpret the man as a symbol rather than a fully formed human character. The Pardoner is Chaucer’s vivid illustration of fourteenth century greed. Many a scholar has categorized Chaucer’s work as satirical, and his tale of the Pardoner is, by far, no exception. In fact, it is quite ironic that this symbol of greed is personified as an agent of the Catholic Church—a supposedly pious institution built on abstin...
Abrams. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1993. Eliot, Thomas Stearns. Footnotes to "The Waste Land" in The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Sixth Edition, Volume 2. General Ed.