The Pardoner Essay

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The Pardoner

Fraudulence Personified

The Pardoner is the best representation of an allegorical character in "The Prologue" of
Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. The Pardoner is the perfect personification of
fraudulence. He shows this in three basic ways: his appearance, speech, and actions. If
one just glances through the reading of the Pardoner than one will think that he is a good
religious man, but if one look further into it than he will find the small double meanings
that he is the exact opposite. Chaucer likes to use an allegorical style to add some
comedy and sophistication to his writings.

The comedy is most heavily used in the Pardoner's description than in any other part of
The Canterbury Tales. For example (page 135, line 712) "There was no pardoner of equal
grace/ For in his trunk he had a pillow case." When the words "no pardoner of equal grace"
are used you are lead to believe that the Pardoner is a great man, but if you look back in
the reading you will find totally different things. He is a dirty, immoral man that really
does not have much grace. Another example of the sarcastic comedy is (page 135, line 727)
"In church he was a noble ecclesiast. How well he read a lesson or told a story! But best
of all he sang an Offertory, For well he knew that when that song was sung He'd have to
preach and tune his honey-tongue That's why he sang so merrily and loud." Again the text
seems to be saying he is a "noble ecclesiast" and that he likes to preach the word of God
to others. If one looks at it closer one will find out that calling him a noble ecclesiast
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