The Pardoner preaches to others to repent subconsciously for his own daily sins.

The Pardoner preaches to others to repent subconsciously for his own daily sins.

A Fine Line Between Heaven’s Trinkets & Hells Gates The Pardoner preaches to others to repent subconsciously for his own daily sins. In Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales the Pardoner preys on the guilt of others for sins that he himself not only possesses but also utilizes in sermon to get his listeners to pay their way into heaven’s gates. Selling prepackaged forgiveness for a price and souvenirs of the Holy Land, the Pardoner travels far and wide teaching morals and forgiving those guilty of sin. However, to truly tell of sin you must first experience it, and the Pardoner is a perfect example of this, except unlike most he has not grown out of, but embraced, these sins. He speaks of the evils of gluttony and drunkenness while in an earlier breath he has spoken of his own excess and has just finished his corny ale. He refers to swearing as an insult to God worse the murder while in the same breath saying “O for the love of Jesus Christ”(pg 249-50). The Pardoner takes full advantage of other’s beliefs leeching of religion as a source of income. One thing should be made clear though; the Pardoner always uses the same moral in his tales: Radix Malorum est Cupiditas .For that matter he probably tells varying versions of the same story. He is a organ player who knows the right notes in the right sequences to make you regret and relive your misdoings, honing his skills each time he plays. However, the significance of this is that greed is the Pardoner’s own greatest vice, and by forgiving others for the same sin he is forgiving himself. However it should be made clear that the Pardoner is so good at what he does and takes much pleasure in convincing people to give him pardons. He takes pride in the fact that not only can he trick you but also he can tell what he is going to do and still get away with it; he placing hurtles in his way to challenge his well-practiced skills as a source of entertainment. He loves testing hims…


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