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In Geoffrey Chaucers The Canterbury Tales the Pardoner tells a tale which reflects some of his characteristics but is not consistent with all of his qualities The Pardoner sells pardons and relics not for the sake of the people he should be trying to save but for his own monetary gain The tale he tells is an ironic one in which three friends set out to locate Death and kill him However in the end they just find death The Pardoner is honest and so is the tale he tells The three men in The Pardoners Tale are vile as is the Pardoner The Pardoner gets what he deserves in the epilogue just as the three companions do at the end of the tale The Pardoners Tale reflects the Pardoners homosexuality In contrast with the avaricious Pardoner The Pardoners Tale is a sermon preaching against greed Certain characteristics of the Pardoner are shown throughout his tale while other parts of the tale are a contradiction of the Pardoners qualitiesBy trade the Pardoner is a preacher His task is to use his rhetorical gifts to persuade his hearers to repent and be saved Hallissy By profession a pardoner should be holy He should want to save people from eternal damnation in Hell However the Pardoner in The Canterbury Tales does not care for the people he is supposed to be saving He sells phony relics The Pardoners love in life is money He abuses his job to increase his own wealth The Pardoner is a man who by his own account makes a rich living from corrupt preaching Cooper 274In The Pardoners Tale three friends see a coffin on a carriage go by in the street They learn that the dead person is their friend They ask who killed their friend and are told that Death killed him In their drunken state they go out with the goal to find and kill Death On a road
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