Literary critics usually use the term "image" to describe a moment when the language of a poem appeals explicitly to our visual sense. Images become "key" images when literature makes them a crucial part of a larger structure visual experience, designs them to encapsulate a central idea or emotion, lavishes enormous verbal ornament upon them, or causes them to shock us with their beauty, violence, or incongruity. Find two images that connect the Pardoner's "Prologue" with "The Pardoner's Tale." Write a paragraph describing the way these images work in the texts. Then, in another paragraph, write about the role of imagery in Julian of Norwich's work.
Images that connect the prologue to "The Pardoner's Tale" are largely physical in nature, that is, they deal with the appearances of the characters, which can also be read as a judgment on their character. Chaucer's use of imagery is very different than Julian of Norwich's, as hers is of a highly spiritual nature.