Character Analysis Of The Pardoner

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To begin, the Pardoner is a character found in the Canterbury Tales written by Geoffrey Chaucer at the end of the fourteenth century. The Canterbury Tales is a collection of stories in which a group of thirty pilgrims on a pilgrimage to Canterbury, England, to visit an English Saint Thomas Beckett, archbishop of Canterbury, who was murdered in his Cathedral in 1170. The Canterbury Tales begins with “The General Prologue” where the narrator describes the physical characteristics and personality of each pilgrim. Specifically, the Pardoner is described as beardless, with long, greasy, yellow hair as well as someone who granted by the Roman Catholic Church to give indulgences and collecting donations for the Church, however, because of his…show more content…
When they arrive at the oak tree, they do not find Death and instead find eight bushels of gold coins. They cannot take the gold home right away without the guard thinking that they have stolen the gold so they wait until night, but they send the youngest to town to get some drinks and food. When the youngest leaves the two others to plan to stab him in the back, meanwhile, the youngest rioter buys poison to kill the other two. When he returns, they stab the youngest, killing him. After the youngest rioter’s death, the two rioters left get poisoned from the drinks and die. “In the Epilogue” he tries to swindle the pilgrims, especially the Host by telling him to kiss his relics. The two argue and the Knight steps in and makes the two kiss and makeup, without any delay. Throughout the story, Chaucer uses each pilgrim to represent his feeling toward sins, an immoral act, and virtues, the opposite of sin, during the medieval period. He makes some characters have a lot of virtues and little sins, such as the Knight, and he makes some have a lot of sin and little virtues, such as Pardoner. Chaucer creates the Pardoner as a distasteful character by making him greedy, by the actions his job, and untrustworthy, by the actions hypocrisy, to reflect his own feelings about the Church. First, the Pardoner’s displeasing character
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