Table of Contents
- 1 What are the four sins of the young rioters?
- 2 What caused the robbers deaths in the Pardoner’s tale?
- 3 How are the rioters characterized in the beginning?
- 4 What do the three rioters represent explain your answer?
- 5 What is the purpose of social commentary?
- 6 What social class did the author write for in Canterbury Tales?
- 7 What is the main theme of the Pardoner?
- 8 Who is the Pardoner in the Canterbury Tales?
What are the four sins of the young rioters?
The tale is set in Flanders at an indeterminate time, and opens with three young men drinking, gambling and blaspheming in a tavern. The Pardoner condemns each of these “tavern sins” in turn—gluttony, drinking, gambling, and swearing—with support from the Christian scriptures, before proceeding with the tale.
What caused the robbers deaths in the Pardoner’s tale?
The two men die from the poison. The expect money to solve their problems but instead it brings them death. What is ironic about the Pardoner’s Tale? The Pardoner explains that the moral is that greed causes death.
What is the social commentary in The Canterbury Tales?
The social satire that the Host sets up in the General Prologue continues throughout the tales that the pilgrims tell. The Nun’s Priest’s tale satirizes courtly love by putting chivalry in the setting of a barnyard. Supposedly pious religious figures are shown to be corrupt and greedy just underneath the surface.
What is predominant metaphor to describe springtime in the opening lines of the General Prologue?
The birds are chirping, the flowers blossoming, and people long in their hearts to go on pilgrimages, which combine travel, vacation, and spiritual renewal. The springtime symbolizes rebirth and fresh beginnings, and is thus appropriate for the beginning of Chaucer’s text.
How are the rioters characterized in the beginning?
How are the rioters characterized in the opening? Three rioters are characterized by their vulgar and drunkenness. The pardoner says that they’re a “company of youngsters haunting vice and ribaldry.” He explains them as “dancing and dicing day and night and bold to drink and eat for more than they can hold.”
What do the three rioters represent explain your answer?
In an allegorical reading of the Pardoner’s Tale, where characters represent abstract concepts instead of real people, the Three Rioters represent greed. They salivate at the sight of the eight bushels of gold and abandon any other goals or consideration like that pact of sworn brotherhood to kill Death.
What is the falling action of the Pardoner’s Tale?
Falling Action This occurs in the story when the rioters find the treasure and Death takes their lives.
Why did the Pardoner personify Death?
The Pardoner’s Tale is a reminder that death is inevitable. Death is personified as a thief who pierces the heart of his victims. This was an iconographic image of death throughout the middle ages and later.
Social commentary is the act of using rhetorical means to provide commentary on issues in a society. This is often done with the idea of implementing or promoting change by informing the general populace about a given problem and appealing to people’s sense of justice.
The intellectual class included lawyers, professors, and scholars who spent their lives reading, studying, and writing but did not end up joining the clergy. The Clerk is the character in The Canterbury Tales that best represents this class.
How does the description of spring in the Canterbury Tales prologue contribute to the narrative?
Springtime symbolizes renewal and new life, indicating the pilgrims are looking for spiritual renewal.
Why is April significant in the Canterbury Tales?
The very first line of The Canterbury Tales tells us that the pilgrimage starts in the month of April. According to Chaucer, April is when most pilgrims start their pilgrimage to visit the shrine of St. Thomas. It is a time of rebirth, with new life returning to the land after the winter’s cold and the March droughts.
What is the main theme of the Pardoner?
The Pardoner has told us in his Prologue that his main theme—“Greed is the root of all evil”—never changes. We can assume that the Pardoner is well practiced in the art of telling this specific tale, and he even inserts some of his sermon into it.
Who is the Pardoner in the Canterbury Tales?
The Pardoner’s Tale. Written By: The Pardoner’s Tale, one of the 24 stories in The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer. The cynical Pardoner explains in a witty prologue that he sells indulgences—ecclesiastical pardons of sins—and admits that he preaches against avarice although he practices it himself.
What does the cynical Pardoner’s tale tell us?
The cynical Pardoner explains in a witty prologue that he sells indulgences—ecclesiastical pardons of sins—and admits that he preaches against avarice although he practices it himself. His tale relates how three drunken revelers set out to destroy Death after one of their friends had died.
What did the host ask the Pardoner to do?
Wanting to cheer up, the Host asks the Pardoner to tell the group a merrier, farcical tale. The Pardoner agrees, but will continue only after he has food and drink in his stomach. Other pilgrims interject that they would prefer to hear a moral story, and the Pardoner again agrees.