The Pardoner's Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer Essay

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Buddha once said, that “To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life”. The Pardoner’s tale, written by Geoffrey Chaucer, underlined the main theme “radix malorum est cupiditas”, or that greed is the root of all evil. The Pardoner’s tale is an eccentric tale about three brothers, who succumb to the temptations of greed. In The Pardoner’s tale he referenced that the characters, or rioutours who exhibited these sins were men, because it would be unrealistic in that era to see women behave in that context. “The Pardoner’s Tale is rife with allusion to the doctrine of the resurrection of the body, and conversely to the association between the unredeemed dead and the corruption of the body” (Zatta); the Pardoner’s…show more content…
He adds onto these stanzas by stating that he is not the first priest to preach with an ulterior motive. With the idea that punishment could be lessened for money creates skepticism within the church, because it directly contradicts Christ’s teachings (Rossignol). With this intent for profit there have been many cynics who have questioned priests, tales, and the bible for many centuries. This is a common occurrence throughout history. Whenever there is an ulterior motive to make a profit, there is always corruption standing behind it. He continues saying that he is only in the business to make money. “Gluttony is the first sin that Geoffrey Chaucer identifies as the sin that caused the fall of all mankind in Eden” (SparkNotes). Throughout the story of The Pardoners Tale we can relate concepts of Gluttony to the three main characters. A prime example would be when the three men were gorging massive amounts of food and wine at the cabin, while conversing about their deceased friend. Eventually the consumption of alcohol led the three men making bad decisions, such as chasing after, death, a spiritual figure that can not be tamed. In the story his tone of voice infers that their gluttony ultimately led to their own downfall. In addition to gluttony, the Pardoner adds other sins that the three men were responsible for such as swearing, gambling, and tearing apart the body of Christ. When the three men die, we can infer that they died for the sins they have
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