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In the The Pardoners Prologue and Tale Chaucers approach to evil and death are most apparent Chaucer shows the Pardoner as being evil in all his actions In the introduction of the book Chaucer The Pardoners Prologue and Tale s valid information is given as to how Pardoners were seen in Chaucers time They were seen as quite evil Pardoners plotted their evil deeds under the good name of the church Chaucer leaves it to the Pardoner himself to tell the reader exactly what a scoundrel he is In the Prologue Chaucers Pardoner tells us that he preaches in churches and that he always preaches the same sermon which he knows by heart on the text Radix malorum est cupitidas which means Greed is the root of evils Later in the Pardoners Tale Chaucer shows evil in work and death as the result of this greed The evil pardoner has an under-handed relic-business that he boasts brings him a hundred marks a year in private income Therefore by playing on the tenderest fears and feelings of his congregation by terrorism hypocrisy cajolery bribery and blackmail the Pardoner got as much money that could be coaxed or torn from the poor and superstitious The Pardoner has composed this wonderfully powerful Tale sermon in such a way as to move his hearers to the utmost Only his motivation in doing this is not love a desire to save them from their sins but vice a desire to make them anxious so that they give him much money Chaucer portrays the idea that the Pardoners solitary aim for preaching is to get peoples money This can been seen when he says For myn entente is nat but for to wyne And no thyng for correction of synne 403-404 The Pardoner expresses total indifference to the fate of their souls in a mocking reference to eternal damnation as goon a blackeberyed The only other reason
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