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Analysis of the Pardoners Tale The Pardoners Tale is a reflection of the greedy personality of the narrator as he is a practicioner of the sins he preaches against As the most corrupt member of the clergy he displays his avarice and immorality by carrying fake relics to cheat people out of their money and by using his flatteries and prevarication to make monkeys of the priest and congregation 22 At the beginning of his tale however he zealously preaches against such vices demonstrating his false piety in an attempt to set up the pilgrims in the same way he does his gullible parishoners He then uses the story of the rioters to illustrate the fatal consequences of committing such evils in hopes of stirring his audience to pay him to pardon their sins His greedy nature is further exemplified in the portrayal of the three rioters who die as a result of their avarice Despite swearing to live and die for one another the men betray each other so they can hoard all the gold to themselves 251 The rioters for their blatant greed and resulting demises are thus extensions of the Pardoners personality as the Pardoner is not only avaricious but experiences spiritual death for his own evil and corruption At the end of the tale the Pardoner begins a new sermon in which he curses the wickedness of the rioters while he cleverly tries to dupe his audience into paying him for his holy pardon that frees them all of the vice of avarice 256 Trying to further persuade the pilgrims he assures them that their pardons can be renewed each time and in good money but he eventually becomes more forceful in his conviction and frustrated with their reluctance to pay as he orders the Host to unbuckle his purse clearly showing his greed for money rather than his spiritual devotion to absolving peoples sins 257 Thus the Pardoner uses
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