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The Pardoner's Tale

In "The Pardoner's Tale," three young men, or "rioters," overhear a funeral procession and learn that a friend of theirs has just died. The three of them make a vow to find Death and kill him,...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2018 7:48 pm UTC

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The Pardoner's Tale

One could argue that the three greedy rioters in "The Pardoner's Tale" represent a perversion of the Trinity, the three-personed Godhead: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Although the three young...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2019 1:02 pm UTC

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The Pardoner's Tale

The irony in "The Pardoner's Tale" is largely due to he fact that Chaucer has been put this extremely powerful and moralistic tale in the mouth of the corrupt, vain and lascivious Pardoner. One...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2011 2:47 am UTC

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The Pardoner's Tale

In "The Pardoner's Tale" by Chaucer, three young drunk men are in a tavern when they hear a bell. They look to see what the bell signifies and find some men carrying a dead man to his grave. Upon...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2015 10:55 pm UTC

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The Pardoner's Tale

Much of the imagery that Chaucer uses throughout The Canterbury Tales is physical and earthy. He is very much interested in the world as it is, even if the nature of the characters' pilgrimage is...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2020 8:15 pm UTC

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The Pardoner's Tale

The Pardoner reveals his trade secrets by describing them to the other pilgrims in the prologue to his tale. He takes them step-by-step through the fraudulent sermon he gives as he travels to...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2021 1:09 pm UTC

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The Pardoner's Tale

In "The Pardoner's Tale," three young scoundrels set out to find Death and kill him. They make this decision after hearing about the untimely demise of a friend. The innkeeper who relates the story...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2021 3:28 pm UTC

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The Pardoner's Tale

When the three men first vow to kill Death there is the apparent level of verbal irony involved. After all, how exactly does one kill Death? As the story develops, they meet an old man and ask him...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2019 9:56 pm UTC

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The Pardoner's Tale

Here is an explanation of how the two friends plan to kill the third friend. One of the two tells the other to "get up in fun / To have a wrestle" with the third when he returns from the store. He...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2019 6:44 pm UTC

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The Pardoner's Tale

Our knowledge of the Pardoner certainly influences our understanding of "The Pardoner's Tale" in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. In fact, it is central to our understanding of the tale. One of...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2010 11:32 pm UTC

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The Pardoner's Tale

An allegory is a moral tale in which the characters are abstract concepts personified. The pardoner uses allegory in having characters called the "rioters" (in other words, sinners) go up against a...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2019 1:04 pm UTC

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The Pardoner's Tale

Well, as always with this collection of stories, I find that it is actually the main story, or the meta-story, that is most fascinating. This is the story of the pilgrims and their interactions....

Latest answer posted October 8, 2012 5:26 am UTC

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The Pardoner's Tale

An utter lack of scrupulousness defines the three rioters. Every act they undertake is done without much thought, from their quest to defeat death to the two plots to murder one another. Had the...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2019 3:33 pm UTC

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