Do the Middle Age Morals Correspond to Those of Today’s Society?

591 WordsFeb 21, 20182 Pages
Are the morals of the Middle Ages so far fetched from those of today’s society? In the narrative satire, The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, these morals are seen in “The Pardoner’s Tale.” In this tale, three rioters decide they want to “kill” Death. On their journey, an old man tells them “where Death is hiding”, but instead of finding him, they find a pile of golden florins, so they no longer sought him. They decide to steal the coins, so the youngest rioter sets out for the town to retrieve bread and wine. As he is on his journey, the other two rioters plot his death by planning to attack him once he gets back, so they could divide the coins amongst them two. The youngest brother plans to kill the other two by poisoning them, so he could have all the coins for himself. In the end, the older two rioters kill the youngest one and end up drinking the poison, which kills them. They all end up dying due to their greed and lust for money. The morals of Chaucer’s time still hold true in today’s society. The lust for money in “The Pardoner’s Tale” is analogous to the present day lust for materialistic goods on Black Friday. In “The Pardoner’s Tale”, the morals of the Middle Ages are shown. The youngest rioter has set out for town when the first rioter says, “’You know our friend has gone to get supplies / And here’s a lot of gold that is to be / Divided equally amongst us three. / Nevertheless, if I could shape things thus / So that we shared it out –the two of us–‘“
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