The Pardoner Tale

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The Pardoner Tale

  1. 1. By Geoffrey Chaucer A Presentation by Chris, Sarah, and Ali
  2. 2. The Pardoner:Prologue <ul><li>Occupation: combination of preaching and selling people the promise of “salvation”. </li></ul><ul><li>Sermon theme always is “Radix malorum est Cupiditas”, which means “greed is the root of all evil”. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Social Class: Clergy-member of the church and is considered “closer to God” than the common man. </li></ul><ul><li>Characteristics: </li></ul><ul><li>Long, greasy yellow hair without a bear- c onsidered “shifty” at Chaucer’s time </li></ul><ul><li>Carries relics- crosses </li></ul><ul><li>Rides at the back of the pilgrims </li></ul><ul><li>Untrustworthy </li></ul><ul><li>Looking to “cash in on religion” (Chaucers critisism) </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>One of the least moral of all the pilgrim </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All of his “relics” are frauds. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-Offers (fake) “salvation” solely to gain riches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-Always preaches “covetousness”, which is the sin he most readily commits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Very greedy </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ I preach for nothing but for greed of gain”(243). </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>*Deceitful: tricking people out of money </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ 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). </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>*Vengeful </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ And so I take revenge upon our foes” (243). </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. The Pardoner’s Tale <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>He individually attacks all of their sins: gluttony, drunkenness, gambling, and swearing. </li></ul><ul><li>Eventually focuses of three of the youngsters who were sitting in a tavern drinking in the morning. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>The three heard a funeral bell, and a servant informs them it was one of their friends killed by a figure called “Death” </li></ul><ul><li>Decided to find and kill “Death” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ If we can only catch him, Death is dead!”(251). </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Early on their journey, they come across an old man who claims to have just seen “Death”, and points them in the right direction. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The three do not find “Death” there, but 8 bushels of unclaimed gold coins, and forgot all about their pursuit. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>They know they cannot transport it during the day, so they drew sticks to see who would go get food and wine. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><ul><ul><li>After the youngest leaves, the other two plot to kill him when he returns to gain bigger shares. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Meanwhile, the youngest is forming a similar scheme, and buys poison to kill the others. However, he was killed upon his return. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In their celebration, the other two drank poisoned wine and died next to their “friend”. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>The pardoner concludes by condemning gluttony and avarice, which bring treachery and death. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Conclusion <ul><li>THEME: Greed will get you NOWHERE in life! </li></ul><ul><li>Genre: exemplum: teaches a moral lesson pertaining to the consequences of greed. </li></ul><ul><li>Source of the Tale: Roman de la Rose </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>LOVE OTHERS INSTEAD OF ONLY CARING ABOUT YOURSELF!!! </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Contemporary Counterpart: This is a standard moral lesson taught to every elementary school child. </li></ul>

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