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1 Geoffrey Chaucer The Pardoners Tale c 1386 2 Main Characters Three Rioters these are three drunken Flemish boys who are also obviously very greedy Old man no one is really sure who he is Some say he is just an old man and he is not important to the story However he could also be either death or the devil either one luring the boys into their demise 3 SettingSignificance Bar in Flanders and a tree in the grove undertone of Black Death use of the bar for the sins gluttony drunkenness gambling etc that are usually attributed to such a place The background of the Black Death adds to the sense of doom 4 Point of View Techniques Third person point of view with an intrusive narrator Lecture homily parable dramatic irony 5 Tone Lecturing persuasive serious yet ironic Chaucer shows the Pardoner as a trickster who is testing to see if he can make his audience forget that he told them his relics were fakes 6 Conflict Main Events The three Flemish men are consumed with trying to get as much gold as possible The two scheme against the other to try and get the gold The one tries to poison the other two to try and get the gold 7 Three young Flemish men are sitting in a bar drinking and gambling Then the pardoner starts talking about the evils of drunkenness gambling gluttony and greed He starts quoting parts of the Bible where drunkenness has caused trouble Then he continues with his story They hear the death toll ring and find out their friend has died Therefore they decide to go find death While looking for death they see an old man walking down the road The old man says he has been looking for someone to exchange his age for youth for years and even death will not take him Hearing him mention death they question
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