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Explain how the allusion to Chaucer’s “The Pardoner’s Tale" is an appropriate one...

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helena619 | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted September 23, 2012 at 9:24 PM via web

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Explain how the allusion to Chaucer’s “The Pardoner’s Tale" is an appropriate one for the article from The Economist.

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William Delaney | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 23, 2012 at 10:13 PM (Answer #1)

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Without having read the article from The Economist, I would have to guess that there is an implied analogy between Chaucer's "The Pardoner's Tale" and the activities of two or more competing governments or business organizations. In Chaucer's story two of the young men conspire to kill the third and do so when he returns with wine, but he has decided to kill his two partners in order to keep all the gold for himself and he has poisoned the wine. So all three of them end up dead. This, perhaps, is what the author of the article in The Economist is suggesting could happen to the organizations that are too greedy and overly competitive. The moral of "The Pardoner's Tale" is repeated in Latin: Radix malorum est cupiditas. The love of money is the root of all evil.

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