How would you compare and contrast the Pardoner to the Monk in The Canterbury Tales?

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The Pardoner and the Monk are both men of God (in theory, at any rate). Yet in actual fact, they're both deeply flawed individuals who, in their own individual way, exemplify the worldliness and corruption of the medieval Church.

An official of the Church courts, the Pardoner goes round taking money from people in exchange for letting them off from receiving punishment. It's nothing more than a gigantic scam which allows the Pardoner to line his pockets at the expense of those the Church is supposed to be helping. What's more, the Pardoner is utterly shameless about his activities, completely unrepentant about operating such an elaborate con.

The Monk too is unrepentant about the life that he leads. He's also much more of a worldling than a man of God. Instead of being cooped up all day inside a monastery whipping himself, praying, or peeling potatoes, he's out having fun, whether it's drinking at the local tavern or indulging in a spot of hunting. This is a very expensive business, as...

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