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There once lived a group of rioters who did nothing but engage in irresponsible and sinful behavior They were offensive drunks who while in a bar one night witnessed men carrying a corpse to a grave A boy told the rioters that the dead man was their friend whose life was taken by a horrible thief named Death In response the three pronounce that this Death has slain thousands and vow that they themselves will take on Death and in turn slay him On their journey to find the notorious killer they encounter a withering old man who states that they can find Death under an old oak tree but instead of finding the murderer under the tree the three men find bundles of gold After finding the large sum of money the rioters decide to take the money and spilt it evenly between them and devise a plan that will keep them from being labeled thievesNo we must bring the treasure backBy night some prudent way and keep After various acts of greed and deception the three end in a brutal fight with death and tragically lose the battle This tale ironically was told in The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucers character the Pardoner A Pardoner is one who is paid money to pardon others of their sins some of which might be greed or deception In Chaucers novel the pilgrims that are traveling to Canterbury during the plague are challenged to tell a story of good morality and general pleasure Chaucer 72 As a result of the irony in his tale the Pardoner achieves general pleasure and the moral greed is the root of all evil is a superior moral for a tale to contain thus the Pardoner completes this challenge and passes it by a lotThe Pardoners Tale is a direct extension of the personality of its narrator It is a condemnation of greed however is coming from the greediest narrator By
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