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Understanding Chaucers The Pardoners Tale The Pardoners Tale Coghill 1977 was written by Geoffrey Chaucer in the Middle Ages As stated by Takami Mastuda the tale warns against the deadly sin of avarice and teaches that spiritual death can indeed become the cause of physical death and eternal damnation 313 The Pardoner tells a story dealing with death in order to get the pilgrims to buy indulgences The Pardoners Tale ultimately questions the efficacy of worldly prudence in the face of death With this tale Chaucer approaches the theme of death with critical knowledge of the late medieval scheme of salvation Mastuda 324 The tale puts considerable emphasis on the character of the Pardoner and his personality The tale is a demonstration of the Pardoners usual tactic in which he manipulates the readings of an orthodox exemplum for personal gain stressing as the tale conveys the dreadful consequence of coveting money Mastuda 314 A question that is often asked in regard to The Pardoners Tale is why Chaucer chose a pardoner Certainly their scandalous reputation would have suggested them to Chaucer as likely candidates for any study in religious hypocrisy Fletcher 118 The time period in which Chaucer wrote the tale is what mainly influenced his decision to use a pardoner It is well known that ill fame clung to pardoners which when Chaucer was writing was as much traditional as it may have been warranted in reality Fletcher 118 The Pardoner tries to sell fake relics to the pilgrims in exchange for the absolution of their sins These fakes contribute to underlying the unity of the tale about death since fakes and death are similar Higuchi 166 The Pardoner associates himself with death both through his lack of productivity and through his sins Higuchi 166 The Pardoner was chosen for the tale which centers on death because he himself suggests death Higuchi 165 In the tale young rioters
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