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A Textual Analysis of Chaucer's, The Pardoners Tale.

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Clare Ferris A Textual Analysis of Chaucer's, The Pardoners Tale. Within the prologue of The Pardoners Tale the presentation of the Pardoner shows us the audience that he is a high moral man with no respect for others as he gains advantages over them by tricking them for their money in return of nothing of such wealth. The lines in which I have chosen to concentrate upon are from 423-462 these lines demonstrate the way in which the Pardoner presents himself as we perceive the selfish perception, which helps to achieve ones point of view. The Pardoner seems to think very highly about himself from the rest of society as he steals within a way as he takes there money for treasures which are not existent, this is in order to sustain his riches within life. It is ironic within a way as the Pardoner being a man of the clergy does such deeds, however he preaches within these lines of how he almost enjoys stealing money from the community in order for himself to become pleasurable and comfortable. ...read more.


Towards the later of the prologue we are able to learn that this plays a valuable part towards my argument as the Pardoner does in fact brag about the way in which the stories in which he tells are of a fictious nature. He believes he is able to get away with these stories as the people whom he reveals to them to are all considered being uneducated and working society. The selfish character which he is as he is unlike the others within life as is a metaphorical character 'robbing from the poor in order for him to survive'. It is quite ironic within a way as the Pardoner would not chose to be poor as he perceives them all as lower classes against him, but these people seem to continue to listen to the awful stories he leads them to believe are of some relevance just like his ancient ruins. ...read more.


This can obliviously be seen that he is purely looking for one thing within life to achieve all the money he can order to please him and only him. I t can be said that this prologue uses a direct statement in order to reveal that way in which he preaches and the use if his techniques and tricks which he confesses to the crowd. The lines are presented to us within a rhetorical ways which help us to familiarize the character and what is being told to us. He softens the others within the clergy by showing them the relics which are not of any ancient use they are just 'fakes' simply like him. The purpose of theses lines towards the argument I have tried to point across is that he simply a selfish man of a non feminine character. ...read more.

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