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Theme Of Greed In The Canterbury Tales

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The Pardoner constantly preaches the theme of greed and he frequently states in his sermons that money/greed is the root of all evil. Although the Pardoner, when he deceives people into donating money and buying his relics in order to absolve their sins, shows his own sins for greed and money which he preaches is the root of all evil. The theme could be a lesson on double standards or “do as I say, not as I do”. (The Norton Anthology World Literature, pg. 721-722, line 538-602) (http://www.gradesaver.com/the-canterbury-tales/study-guide/summary)
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