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What Makes The Pardoner Corrupted In Geoffrey Chaucer The Pardoneer´S Tales

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In the story, “The Pardoner’s Tales”, Geoffrey Chaucer wrote the character the Pardoner in descriptive way. He describe the Pardoner’s corruption teaching and the way the Pardoner act in the tale. The religious that the Pardoner teaching is corrupted and very selfish, greediness, and gluttony. This thing are all opposite to what the real church religious is teaching. In the story, he tricks the people to buy his fake relics and other things by using the church’s believe. The Pardoner act and his teaching are all corrupted because of the church. It shows the side of greediness, gluttony and selfishness which highly reflect into himself and his believe.
In “The Pardoner’s Prologues”, Chaucer describe him well on the looks and his personality. In “The Pardoner’s Tales”, he also use the word that directly describe him and what he is. His act and teaching are all from the church teaching, that means the church at that time is corrupted. The Pardoner said that,“I’ll have my money, wool, and food, though it be from some page whose poverty is dire or from the poorest widow in the shire; although her kids be starving, I’ll be fine, for I will drink the liquor of the vine and have a jolly wench in every town”(Chaucer 448 - 453). He point out that he really care of other people except himself. For his gluttony and his greediness, he don’t care anything else, that means his teaching and his way of doing are all wrong. The Pardoner said, “Do you believe, as long as I can preach, acquiring gold and silver while I teach, that willfully I’d live in poverty? It’s never crossed my mind, quite truthfully! No, I will preach and beg in sundry lands and never will I labor with my hands or take up basketweaving for a living. I won’t be begging idly, they’ll be giving”(Chaucer 439 - 447). The Pardoner is very intelligent and well using the word in teaching. The Pardoner repeat some word that show him that he is gluttony and greediness. The way of his act and speech are very ironic. The story he tell and the lesson he teach are all ironic to what he does and act especially in the prologue. The Pardoner is a big liar and act so greedy but at the same time he telling good story and lesson.
In “The Pardoner’s Prologue”, especially in the end of the prologue, it clearly show that his teaching and church believe are all corrupted. It really show they are selfish and greediness and also in “The Pardoner’s Tales”, we can see that...

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