Sins Essay

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Examine the role of sin (or transgression) in three texts that we have discussed in the latter half of this semester.

When reading The wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale, The Pardoner’s Prologue and Tale and Hamlet I was able to see that sin was a very serious subject during that time, plays, stories and comedies were made explaining what a sin was and alerting people to be careful of committing a sin. Which make me remember how a long time ago during youth group we learned that the bible mentioned 667 sins, the whole group was amazed at how many were found, the person giving the devotional said that the reason the bible tells us what is a sin is to prevent us from doing them. A sin as it was taught to us is when a person commits and immoral act that could be considered a transgression against the divine law or bible. The role of sins as it was written by Chaucer and Shakespeare was the line between being saved and going to hell, each story as presented by them has a meaning, a lesson to be learned. Most stories seem to me were written as a warning to the audience, even though Chaucer used humor when writing his tales the lesson to be learned was still as strong as the one taught by Shakespeare in Hamlet. In the Wife of Bath’s prologue and tell sin played a big part, the wife was so lustful that she married 5 times but to her it was a normal thing, while in The Pardoner’s Tale sin was seen as something major but that you could pay somebody (a pardoner) to forgive your sins and be saved, in Hamlet the sin was vengeance and in the play it was showed how it destroyed everybody involved. Sin one way or another was the main topic in all three plays and made up 60 % of the story.
In the play "the wife of bath's prologue and tale" written by Chaucer, like many other morality plays of that time was meant to teach the audience what was a sin, and how it could happen to anybody if they were not careful. During "the wife of bath's prologue" we were able to see how the wife basically confessed to being as sexually active as ever, she felt no shame at all and during that time people saw her as a lustful and sinful woman who saw marriage and men as a business "Blessed be God that I have wedded five! Of whom i have picked out the very best, for both their nether purse and money chest."(The wife of Bath’s 44-46) during that time people belief was that widows should not remarried but become nuns or stay single for the rest of their lifetime, something that did not sit well with Bath's wife which is when she turned to the bible to try and make a good argument on her case she cited the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman when Jesus met her by the well; Bath's wife said "Except i ask, why is the fifth man Was not a husband to the Samaritan? How many might she have in marriage yet I have never heard tell in all my age about this any number definite. (The wife of Bath's 21-24) Bath's wife argument was that if the bible did not mention an exact number of how many...

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