The Role Of Greed In Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

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My mother, always a giving and generous soul, encouraged my brother and I throughout our lives to (hopefully) obtain the same giving spirit as she had. However, the life of avarice, greed, was a constant complaint amongst our family- namely the sibling portion. It is never easy to give what you wish to keep; we are by nature greedy people. Avarice is a very serious sin, above anger, sloth, gluttony and lust, competed only by pride. This should be a test to us of just how important it is for us to flee from all forms of covetousness and greed.
“Stinginess and waste are not opposites, but two faces od the same deadly sin.” Guinness states the sin of avarice rather plainly, and does not hold back on his opinions of the matter. It is important to remember, especially as a college student the differences between every “side” of cube of avarice. The first is frugal. There is no problem with being frugal, however its brother side stinginess is always daunting. As we pay off our student debt and pay for gas to the fun things we want to do. It’s so hard to
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He ends the tale with a moral story of how none of it is worth anything. He uses the authority of himself as a worker of Christ, he calls upon God’s name, and references Saint Paul as though he knew him personally. The pardoner tells the people of all their greed and avarice throughout the poem speaking of the things that he knows will pull them in. Making them think through each thing they viciously love and desire and then in the end crush them with each of those things. Leo Tolstoy shows us just how much we really need in life. We can’t tale anything with us when we die, so why are we constantly trying to get more. In How Much Land Does a Man Need, a man tries and tries to get more out of his life in one day, more land, and in the end all he needed was how much land it took to bury his
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