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Love and betrayal are two major themes that appeared often in the works selected for this semesters reading A theme that is seen in both the story of Joseph and Chaucers The Pardoners Tale is betrayal with a blend of greed and selfishness The story of Joseph involved a boy named Joseph and his brothers Joseph appeared to be his fathers favorite and always treated him the best Josephs brothers seemed to be angry and mad at the fact that he was getting all the attention and so they plotted a scheme to get rid of Joseph by killing him Rather than killing Joseph they sought profit in him The brothers acted selfishly and so they betray him by selling him to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver The Pardoners Tale is a good example of a story containing these elements In this story readers see a group of rioters at a local tavern inn drinking and having a good time As they look behind them they see a coffin being carried away The rioters soon find out that it the person in the coffin was a very good friend of theirs As sad and angry as they are they set off to find out who has killed their companion An old man directs the three rioters to a tree down the road and tells them that Death killed their friend The rioters set out to find Death and kill him in revenge When they reach the tree they spot a treasure They decide to wait until dark to take the findings While they all wait one rioter decided to go to town to get them all food This rioter comes up with an idea that he should kill the other two men and take the treasure for himself The other two rioters think likewise They devise a plan to kill the other friend and split the treasure in two parts instead of
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