The Sin Of Greed In The Pardoner's Tale

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Wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony, these are the seven deadly sins. Each one is said to send a person to Hell, where the one who committed that sin lives out their eternal punishments. At the time, pardons were bought to lessen a person’s eternal punishment in Hell by a few years. Even though the Pardoner in “The Pardoner 's Tale,” an excerpt from The Canterbury Tales, preached against these horrible sins, he does not follow his own advice and is guilty of every one of the sins.
The Pardoner’s greatest guilt comes from the sin of greed, even though his tale is focused around how horrible the sin is. In his prologue he says, "I preach for nothing but the greed of gain" (Beers 129). His only goal in making others repent is
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He tells the pilgrims in lines five and six, "Thus I preach against the very vice I make my living out of – avarice." He preaches about it but the greed doesn’t show up till the conclusion of his tale. When death gives the men a pile of gold, each desires more for themselves than the third they would originally receive. The Pardoner preaches the sin of greed to be so terrible that the brothers are willing to deceive each other to gain a greater fortune. With the death of all three by the end, he 's giving the pilgrims a sales pitch, letting him indulge in his greed. He plays his pitch as if he had offered the brothers a pardon or relic they could be saved. He 's saying they weren 't saved because of their sins, but I can save you. Line 297 states, "Do not harden your hearts" (Beers 136) and further down on line 307, "We are all at fortunes beck" (Beers 136), both from his tale, tells the pilgrims that buying pardons is virtuous, even valued and they could die at any time, without pardons, and end up in …show more content…
This may have come from their drunken state at the time, but to think they are more powerful than death leads them to vast misfortune. Even when they meet the old man they are rude to him. The brothers exclaim how he is ancient and how he should be ready to die. They show him how young and fit they are saying that this is how they could beat death. The Pardoner demonstrates his pride when he mentions getting "silver things" from just about everyone when he preaches. He enjoys boasting about the valuables he receives from others.
At the conclusion of his tale the Pardoner shows wrath with their ever grateful host. The host does start their fight when he says "No, no, not I, and may the curse of Christ descend upon me if I do" (Beers 136). The host was upset for being called the most sinful of them all. After he expressed that though, the Pardoner was too angry to speak. Wrath is all about anger. By definition, it 's extreme anger and for the Pardoner to have such a short temper he must get angry often.
Envy is the only sin the Pardoner isn 't guilty of, unless his excessive desire for wealth, his greed, would make him envious of people who possess great wealth. This can 't be proven by what he says. The brothers don’t show envy either, but in their drunken state they have no idea of

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