What are Chaucer's pilgrim description telling you about the character, Jefferey Chaucer himself and life in late-medieial England?
How do the tales further our knowledge of the above? In the case of the pardoner and the wife of the bath.
Chaucer used the pilgrims to describe the many different types and classes of people that existed in late-medieval England. His people can be loosely categorized into the Three-Estates model, a class system that divided people into the aristocracy (knights), religious (priests, nuns, etc.) and laborers. He used each pilgrim to represent a certain type or class of people. The pardoners and the Wife-of-Bath’s tale both have overall themes and morals that represent the views of the character that is telling the tale. The Wife-of-Bath shows her cynicism of marriage and her belief that marriage and love are based on superficial ideas. The Pardoner’s Tale is a warning against greed, although his only motivation is greed. He ends the story tying to make money from the pilgrims by selling his worthless religious items.