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Paying close attention to the passage, comment on what insights this offers into the Pardoner's concerns and methods - (The Pardoner's Prologue, lines 141-176).

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Introduction

Paying close attention to the passage, comment on what insights this offers into the Pardoner's concerns and methods. (The Pardoner's Prologue, lines 141-176) In this passage, we are introduced to the Pardoner's motivations in tricking people, how he tricks people and his corrupted nature. Through this, we are given insights into the Pardoner's concerns, that of his trade and the idea of sin. We also gain an insight on the Pardoner's method of performance. One of the insights we gain through the Pardoner's description of his job in the passage is on the theme of hypocrisy. The Pardoner says here, "kan I preche again that same vice/ Which that I use, and that is avarice". From this, we see how illogical it is for someone to be criticising about the extreme love for money when he himself is obsessed with amassing a large amount of wealth. It shows that the Pardoner does not really mean what he says and that what he does is all just a performance. While it is ironic that the Pardoner is successful in preventing people from sinning by committing sins himself, we see that the Pardoner seems to be very proud of this achievement. ...read more.

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This shows the extent of corruption of the Pardoner's character. This idea of him not having a hint of remorse is further reiterated when he goes on to say "that is nat my principal entente/ I preche nothing but for coveitise" and from the end of the passage "Which I am wont to preche for to winne". There is another irony here in that the idea of preaching is usually associated with being holy, but in this case is used as a tool for greed. The repetition of this irony serves to emphasise the point that the only thing he cares about is monetary gains. This focus on material achievement is constant throughout the whole passage. For example, it is said "And winne gold and silver for I teche", "I wol noon of the apostles countrefete;/ I wol have moneie, wolle, chese, and whete", "Nay, I wol drinke licour of the vine,/ And have a joly wenche in every toun" and "Now have I dronke a draughte of corny ale". Through these actions, we see that his life revolves around material pleasures and this is very unlike what you would expect out of someone who is supposed to be a representative of the church. ...read more.

Conclusion

We also gain insight on his character from his description of his job. He says that he would still want to enjoy the monetary gains from all his trickery even if "Al were it yeven of the povereste page,/ Or of the povereste widwe in a village,/ Al sholde hir children sterve for famine". This three lines really show the extent of the evil side of the Pardoner that he almost seems inhuman and unfeeling because he shows no sign of discomfort in enjoying even at the expense of another person's life. We can gain another insight on the methods that the Pardoner uses when he says, "Now hoold youre pees! My tale I wol biginne". Over here, the Pardoner is telling everyone to keep quiet and listen to his story. This is quite dramatic and we are reminded of the theme of performance because it seems as if he is acting for the other pilgrims. In conclusion, we are already able to see the various themes of The Pardoner's Tale through the concerns and methods used by the Pardoner in the Prologue. Furthermore, this also contributes to providing us with a better characterisation of the Pardoner. This better understanding of the Pardoner is useful in comprehending the tale which he goes on to tell. ...read more.

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