The Pardoner's Tale Analysis

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In The Canterbury Tales, the narrator introduces the audience to a handful of pilgrims going on a pilgrimage. The pilgrims are introduced and they meet the Host of the hotel. The Host creates a story telling game and explains the rules. He wants two stories on the way there and two on the way back home from each pilgrim. Furthermore, the stories are judged based on their moral education and entertainment value. Comparing “The Knight’s Tale” and “The Pardoner’s Tale” considering the rules, “The Pardoner’s Tale” has a better moral lesson. His story is also brief and simple, so it has a greater entertainment value, as well. Comparing and contrasting these two tales proves how human beings are able to remember and understand concepts better when …show more content…
Before starting his story, the Pardoner clarify how greed and drunkenness are the biggest sins. “The Pardoner’s Tale” is a great example of this, and it was easy to tell how the boys acted greedy. “The Pardoner’s Tale” had a better moral education because in “The Knight’s Tale” he did not make that clear. Furthermore, his story could possibly have several moral ideas, while “The Pardoner’s Tale” has one very strong moral lesson. The only problem with the Pardoner and his tale is how he, himself, does not follow his moral views. Before beginning the story, he insists on getting a drink and, when the narrator introduces them all, the Pardoner tells the rest of the group how he enjoys tricking people into giving him money. The Knight is an extraordinary knight and a very fine man, the story he tells is also a nicer and a more romantic story compared to the harsh truth received from “The Pardoner’s Tale”. Cutting it short and direct like the Pardoner will seem harsh to the point of being mean. However, it is usually that type of story that sticks, and next time greed is brought up, people will easily remember this …show more content…
Because of its easy language and humoristic cause of death it could be comparable to a cartoon. Cartoons are commonly quite macabre and dark, nonetheless it is considered humorous for kids because of the slapstick comedy and amusing for adults since they will understand the darker, hidden jokes. “The Pardoner’s Tale” even though it has a deeper meaning to it, could easily be visualized as a cartoon mainly due to the way all three young men die. “The Pardoner’s Tale” has a better entertainment value because of this cartoon like form and short length. It is easy to keep track of what is happening and the language used is not to complicated as well as no long description, which can be found all over in “The Knight’s

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