Analysis Of The Sermon In The Pardoner

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The Sermon from The Pardoner The most sinister character in the Canterbury Tale brings in a much and intriguing feel to the story that is already full of menacing people it is shocking to believe that they can be topped. The Pardoner a man who excels in manipulating the gullible a man so gifted with slick wordplay every one of his customers he encounters the Pardoner seems to with so much ease leave them without a penny. This man who possesses so much confidence is a man who also withhold a sense of greed and he does so mercilessly. So distinctive from the others notably by his voice or freakishly long hair, whatever it is it does not take away the fact that he is a hideous man inside and out. However, even with all that being said The…show more content…
The narrator seems to find great satisfaction in revealing the corruption of the Pardoner by bringing these counterfeit relics to our attention in a jocular fashion. The Narrator goes a step further in order to make it plain and clear that the Pardoner is not a good soul once he mentions to the audience that the Pardoner is affiliated with the menacing Summoner. Once again the narrator is explicitly disclosing to the reader that there is nothing good about the Pardoner and not only that, but he is in aberration when compared to the other pilgrims. Overall the Pardoner is an intelligent man who is willing to cast aside his morals in order to pocket a penny or two by deceiving the masses. The Pardoner prides himself on being able to fool people into fooling credulous people with fake documents, counterfeit relics and a phony persona he may put on in church. Also in the prologue The Pardoner admits he is willing to let a lady and her children starve while still being able to drink without a guilty conscience “All should her children starve for Famine./ Nay, I will drinke liquor of the vine/ and have a jolly wench in every town.” in lines 451-455. The Pardoner also gives reason why he sale counterfeit merchandise and it is “because I don’t intend to beg in vain or because I don’t want to be an idle beggar,/ I want none of the
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