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Are there many ways that themes and symbols can be shown in stories Geoffrey Chaucer uses many different themes symbols and styles in writing all of tales in The Canterbury Tales By using these things Geoffrey utilizes several specific symbols to illustrate various central themes The characters in the tales make the same mistakes that ordinary people would make and they receive the same or even worse consequences One message that is portrayed is greed can make people to evil actions An example of this is in The Pardoners Tale when the three friends wind up killing each other because of their greed for the money The second message that is displayed is that one should be careful when meeting strangers and to be cautious of the sincerity of false flattery from those that one does not know For example in The Nuns Priests Tale Chanticleer falls for false flattery from Sir Russell Fox but then he gets even with him when he to uses it to trick Sir Russell Fox The third and last message that is shown is that reformation in a person can occur because of some type of punishment This theme occurs in The Wife of Bath in that the lady that the knight has to marry is old and ugly but because of this punishment of having to marry her he eventually starts to like her As shown with the three friends in The Pardoners Tale greed stabs friends in the back and deceives them into doing wrong There are two occasions in which the three friends plot against each other so one may receive more money than the others may First of all the three friends find a collection of gold coins under a tree which they decide should be theirs and they choose to try to take it They realize that they can not take the coins during the day because people will assume they are robbers
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