St. Augustine 's Confessions

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When a Catholic thinks of sin, the following questions come to his or her mind: Are my actions morally right? Am I disobeying God? Defying God’s rule is a sin, and seeking forgiveness is pivotal, mainly because it shows that one is aware that he or she has committed a sin, and therefore, he or she must seek redemption. For example, consider the following seven deadly sins: pride, envy, gluttony, lust, anger, greed, and sloth (“The Seven Deadly Sins,” 1). In Saint Augustine’s Confessions, readers get the chance to learn about sin through Saint Augustine’s experiences of sin confrontations and temptations. For instance, in Confessions, the pear tree is depicted as a sin, a symbol of pleasure—Saint Augustine’s original sin. How so? Well, stealing the pears with his friends is Saint Augustine’s first memory of sinning. Saint Augustine sees a parallel connection between the pear tree and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil—the original sin. In this paper, the idea of sin in Saint Augustine’s story of the pear will be applied to Chaucer’s “Pardoner’s Prologue and Tale.” Thus, allowing readers to realize that the Pardoner embodies sin as Augustine defines it.
In Chaucer’s “ The Pardoner’s Prologue and Tale,” the Pardoner is a medieval preacher whose ultimate goal is to earn money by soliciting offerings and granting pardons. The prologue begins with the Pardoner describing everything that Chaucer believes to be corrupt with the church of his day. The Pardoner describes…
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