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Irony is the general name given to literary techniques that involve surprising interestingor amusing contradictions 1 Two stories that serve as excellent demonstrations of irony are The Pardoners Tale and The Nuns Priests Tale both from Chaucers The Canterbury Tales Although these two stories are very different they both use irony to teach a lesson Of the stories The Pardoners Tale displays the most irony First and foremost the entire telling of the story is ironic considering just who is the teller The Pardoner uses this story to speak out against many social problems all of which he himself is guilty of He preaches about drunkenness while he is drunk blasphemy as he attempts to sell fake religious relics and greed when he himself is amazingly greedy Yet there are also many ironic situations in the story itself The irony starts when in the begining of the story the three rioters make a pact to be brothers and each defend the others and to live and die for one another in protection from Death lines 37-43 and then in going out to fulfill their vow they end up finding money and killing each other over it Even more ironic is how they end up killing each other After finding the money the men plan to stay with it until it becomes dark and they can safely take it away To tide themselves over until then they send the youngest one out to get food and wine and while he is away they plan to kill for his share of the money Ironically the youngest one is planning the same thing so he slips poison into the drinks of his companions When he returns he is attacked and stabbed to death by the other men Then in probably the most
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