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Explain how the Reeve and the Pardoner from Canterbury Tales are the same and how they...

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Posted March 22, 2009 at 6:32 AM via web

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Explain how the Reeve and the Pardoner from Canterbury Tales are the same and how they are different.

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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 22, 2009 at 9:24 AM (Answer #1)

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They are different in terms of social standing: The pardoner works for the Pope (remember the time of the story and the importance of the clergy) whereas the Reeve would be deemed a "commoner" b/c he is a sort of under-butler.

They are similar in terms of wit: They both steal from the hands that feed them- The pardoner keeps a bag full of junk he passes as relics so that he can make a quick buck for himself whereas the Reeve plain out steals from his boss. So, they are both thieves.

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