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(a) what social comments does chaucer make in his sketch of the pardoner(b) what does...

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danae665 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 16, 2011 at 3:23 AM via web

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(a) what social comments does chaucer make in his sketch of the pardoner

(b) what does the sketch of the knight suggest were some of the excellences promoted by medieval society?

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lisadinpa | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 16, 2011 at 3:48 AM (Answer #1)

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The pardoner is one of Chaucer's unsympathetic characters.  At the time in Europe, the Catholic Church raised funds by allowing "generous" believers to contribute to the church, especially for building purposes.  Many pardoners overstepped their mission and encouraged the purchase of indulgences which would allow people to bypass Purgatory and enter Heaven directly.

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