Hypocrisy in "The Pardoner's Tale"
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This paper explains the concept of hypocrisy in "The Pardoner's Tale" and describes how the Pardoner is one of several clerics on the journey whose role is to highlight the hypocrisy and ethical lapses of the Church. The paper discusses how as with many of Chaucer's pilgrims, the Pardoner puts on the face of a moral man yet exposes himself as a sinner himself; even as he preaches his sermon against greed, he cannot help but make a pitch showing his own greed.
From the Paper:"Geoffrey Chaucer presents a broad portrait of life in his Canterbury Tales both in the pilgrims themselves and in the characters in their stories one another to pass the time. One of his problems in shaping this lengthy project was a perceived need to achieve variety within a coherent and unified framework. He achieved unity first by means of his central premise--that these varied pilgrims were united on the road by their intention to reach Canterbury in the prescribed time and for a religious purpose. He achieved variety through his selection of the people to be on this trip, reflecting members of those segments of society which would be represented on such a journey, leavened at times with additional characters such as innkeepers and the like they would encounter on their trip. In addition, there is unity in the secondary premise that each of these pilgrims would help pass the time by recounting tales to the others, and these tales often come in groups which complement one another thematically or in some cases offer a form of balance between opposing points of view."
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