Essay on The Pardoner and the 'brothers'

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The Pardoner and the 'brothers'


Throughout literature, relationships can often be found between the author of a story and
the story that he writes. In Geoffrey Chaucer's frame story, Canterbury Tales, many of the
characters make this idea evident with the tales that they tell. A distinct relationship
can be made between the character of the Pardoner and the tale that he tells.


Through the Prologue to the Pardoner's tale, the character of the Pardoner is revealed.
Although the Pardoner displays many important traits, the most prevalent is his greed.
Throughout the prologue, the Pardoner displays his greed and even admits that the only
thing he cares about is money: "I preach nothing except for gain" ("Pardoner's Tale", Line
105). This avarice is seen strongly in the Pardoner's tale as well. In the Pardoner's
tale, three friends begin a journey in order to murder Death. On their journey, though, an
old man leads them to a great deal of treasure. At this point, all three of the friends in
the tale display a greed similar to the Pardoner's. The three friends decide that someone
should bring bread and wine for a celebration. As the youngest of the friends leaves to go
buy wine, the other two greedily plot to kill him so they can split the treasure only two
ways. Even the youngest decides to "put it in his mind to buy poison / With which he might
kill his two companions" (383, 384). The greed, which is evident in the character of the
Pardoner, is also clearly seen in the tale.

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