Chaucers poem of The Pardoners Tale and The Pardoners Prologue contains many

Chaucers poem of the pardoners tale and the pardoners

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Chaucer’s poem of The Pardoner’s Tale and The Pardoner’s Prologue contains many instances of the many types of irony. These types of irony include verbal and situational irony. One of the examples of verbal irony use was when the youngest of the rioters had spoken to the apothecary about how he wished to exterminate some rats. This displays the use of verbal irony because the reader would assume that the “rats” are the literal rodents however, that was far from the case. Those “rats” were actually his partners that were in the woods waiting to kill him when he returned. This example is of verbal irony because the words used to describe his partners are not what they appear to be stating. Instead of the literal animal, he was referring to the characteristics of rats; these include being sly, mischievous and dirty. Another example of verbal irony in the tale is the mere fact that the pardoner is telling the tale. He boasts to his fellow pilgrims that greed is the root of all evil. However, he then acts in a greedy manner. He sells pardons for such greed and dishonesty yet, he still preaches against those kinds of evils. As the
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