What are the common characteristics between the Pardoners Tale and Macbeth and his wife Lady Macbeth? what are the similar traits?

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mrerick eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In a nutshell, greed kills you.

The young men in the Pardoner's Tale all want to receive more money than the promised 1/3 share.  After plotting to remove the others, all three die and, of course, receive nothing.

Macbeth has been given a new title, Thane of Cawdor, for his efforts during the war; however, this isn't enough for him or his wife.  After killing King Duncan, he brings all of England and Scotland down on himself leaving himself with nothing.

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The Canterbury Tales

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