The Pardoner In Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales

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In Geoffrey Chaucer's general prologue of the Canterbury tales, twenty nine pilgrims are introduced. The very last pilgrim is the Pardoner. In my opinion, the Pardoner is one of the most fascinating and dynamic characters embarking on the journey to Canterbury. His profession is to sell official indulgences signed and approved by the Pope. He also sells relics, which are the remaining possessions of holy individuals or saints. The Pardoner is an exceptional singer and a persuasive preacher but is not a man without flaw. Geoffrey Chaucer is notably brilliant for essentially praising the pilgrims for their wrong doings. He portrays himself as an ignorant and naïve character, unaware of the pilgrim’s flaws. He refers to the Pardoner as gentle and says "but of his craft, fro Brewik into Ware, ne was ther swich another pardoner (694)". Chaucer does, however, use an element of sarcasm and irony in his writing to send subliminal messages. He does not explicitly state his disfavor towards the Pardoner but he does establish it, nonetheless. The Pardoner is introduced to us as the Summoner's comrade which immediately gives us a negative connotation. Chaucer depicts the Summoner as being an unethical human being and then portrays the two men as companions. The Pardoner and his partner in immorality ride together and loudly sing "Com hider, love, to me (674)." The Pardoner's singing suggests that he is loud and obnoxious. The narrator goes on to describe his…show more content…
The Pardoner has a "vernicle" on his cap to reinforce his authority. This subtle action signifies his arrogance and indifference to the church's teachings of modesty. He does not wear a hood in an attempt to be fashionable even though his hair is unflattering. This reflects his lack of humiliation and his pride for the things that he ought to be humble about. He keeps his bag of

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