The Pardoner Tale

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  • 1. By Geoffrey Chaucer A Presentation by Chris, Sarah, and Ali
  • 2. The Pardoner:Prologue
    • Occupation: combination of preaching and selling people the promise of “salvation”.
    • Sermon theme always is “Radix malorum est Cupiditas”, which means “greed is the root of all evil”.
  • 3.
    • Social Class: Clergy-member of the church and is considered “closer to God” than the common man.
    • Characteristics:
    • Long, greasy yellow hair without a bear- c onsidered “shifty” at Chaucer’s time
    • Carries relics- crosses
    • Rides at the back of the pilgrims
    • Untrustworthy
    • Looking to “cash in on religion” (Chaucers critisism)
  • 4.
    • One of the least moral of all the pilgrim
      • All of his “relics” are frauds.
      • -Offers (fake) “salvation” solely to gain riches
      • -Always preaches “covetousness”, which is the sin he most readily commits
          • Very greedy
          • “ I preach for nothing but for greed of gain”(243).
      • *Deceitful: tricking people out of money
        • “ I speak some words in Latin-just a few- To put a saffron tinge upon my preaching and stir devotion with a piece of preaching”(241).
      • *Vengeful
        • “ And so I take revenge upon our foes” (243).
  • 5. The Pardoner’s Tale
    • He starts by describing a group of (Flemish) youngsters who drinks, eats, gambles, and does everything bad in great excess- exhibit gluttony as well as lust.
    • He individually attacks all of their sins: gluttony, drunkenness, gambling, and swearing.
    • Eventually focuses of three of the youngsters who were sitting in a tavern drinking in the morning.
  • 6.
    • The three heard a funeral bell, and a servant informs them it was one of their friends killed by a figure called “Death”
    • Decided to find and kill “Death”
      • “ If we can only catch him, Death is dead!”(251).
    • Early on their journey, they come across an old man who claims to have just seen “Death”, and points them in the right direction.
      • The three do not find “Death” there, but 8 bushels of unclaimed gold coins, and forgot all about their pursuit.
          • They know they cannot transport it during the day, so they drew sticks to see who would go get food and wine.
  • 7.
        • After the youngest leaves, the other two plot to kill him when he returns to gain bigger shares.
        • Meanwhile, the youngest is forming a similar scheme, and buys poison to kill the others. However, he was killed upon his return.
        • In their celebration, the other two drank poisoned wine and died next to their “friend”.
    • The pardoner concludes by condemning gluttony and avarice, which bring treachery and death.
    • He then admits he forgot something, and offers to award each pilgrim (starting with the Host) a fake relic. However, the host says he will make a relic out of his genitals. The Knight calms them and the two make up and continue on.
  • 8. Conclusion
    • THEME: Greed will get you NOWHERE in life!
    • Genre: exemplum: teaches a moral lesson pertaining to the consequences of greed.
    • Source of the Tale: Roman de la Rose
        • The Roman de la rose is a medieval French poem styled as an allegorical dream vision. It is a notable instance of courtly literature. The work's stated purpose is to both entertain and to teach others about the Art of Love.
  • 9.
    • Contemporary Counterpart: This is a standard moral lesson taught to every elementary school child.