The Pardoner's Tale

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Darryl Williams Dr. Kathi Griffin ENG 205-09 4 October 2010 Critical Analysis of “The Pardoner's Tale” “The Pardoner's Tale ” is a lengthy poem written by English poet, Geoffrey Chaucer. This piece of literature is actually a short story told in the form of a poem. It is plain to see that this is a poem, because it is divided into stanzas instead of paragraphs. Additionally, there is a continuous rhyme scheme that is not traditionally used in the average short story. The purpose of this poem is relay a message, which is money is the root of all evil. This also happens to be the moral of the poem. The topic is death and how people accidentally find it. Chaucer's audience are people that were affected by the plague, or Black Death. This story has a many ironic parts in it that make the tale more entertaining. For example, the three main characters sought out to find Death, who is personified as a “sly thief who deprives all the people in this country of their lives,” and also a symbol for the plague. When the three
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Unformatted text preview: men finally meet Death he is embodied in an “old beggar” who ironically wishes to die, but cannot, because he is Death and cursed with eternal life. The men do not realize that they are speaking with Death, so they ask him to “tell where he is, since you must be his spy.” They believe the old man is Death's spy, because in order to live a long life one would have to have a close relationship or a deal with Death to not die. The old man directs the three men to a tree and tells them they will find Death there. The men find gold there and plan to steal it. As the men think about having the gold, they plot to kill each other. Eventually all three of them murder each other, therefore “finding” Death. What makes the ending so ironic is that Death did not kill the men, Greed did. Additionally, them three men would not have died if they were not trying to kill Death in the first place....
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