Corruption In The Canterbury Tales

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The Canterbury Tales is a collection of stories told in one. The time period this takes place is between 1387 and 1400. It is the story of a group of thirty people who travel as pilgrims to Canterbury which is in England. The pilgrims, who come from different places of society, tell stories to each other to kill time while they travel to Canterbury. Geoffrey Chaucer considers the church as corrupt and wasteful. In The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer shows his disrespect for the church through the prologue and The Friars Tale, The Summoners Tale, and The Pardoners Tale; with these tales, Chaucer shows how the church is corrupt. The tales that show Chaucer's work the best are The Friar's Tale, The Summoner's Tale, and The Pardoner's …show more content…

The Pardoner himself is the character being made fun of. The Pardoner thinks that he is better than the other pilgrims because of the power his church position gives him. In his prologue, he tells his followers on the pilgrimage how and why he takes money from innocent people. A quote the describe this is “But let me briefly make my purpose plain; I preach for nothing but for greed of gain And use the same old text, as bold as brass, Radix malorum est cupiditas. And thus I preach against the very vice I make my living out of—avarice.” (Prologue 259). The Pardoner's Tale, is about three rioters who are drunk and want to prove that they are not afraid of death and promise to find and kill him. “'Here, chaps! The three of us together now, hold up your hands, like me, and we'll be brothers in this affair, and each defend the others, and we will kill this traitor Death, I say!'” (267). The Pardoner, unlike the Friar and the Summoner, does not seem to feel defensive about his corruption. Power has completely corrupted him. For this reason he is the worst of the three, and is made fun of the most

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