Lying Literary Confession: Satire in “The Pardoner’s Tale”
Character Analysis Of The Pardoner - Words | Bartleby
In the order of the Tales , it comes after The Physician's Tale and before The Shipman's Tale ; it is prompted by the Host's desire to hear something positive after that depressing tale. The Pardoner initiates his Prologue—briefly accounting his methods of swindling people—and then proceeds to tell a moral tale. The tale itself is an extended exemplum. Setting out to kill Death, three young men encounter an Old Man who says they will find him under a nearby tree. When they arrive they discover a hoard of treasure and decide to stay with it until nightfall and carry it away under the cover of night.
The Canterbury Tales Middle English : Tales of Caunterbury  is a collection of 24 stories that runs to over 17, lines written in Middle English by Geoffrey Chaucer between and The tales mostly written in verse , although some are in prose are presented as part of a story-telling contest by a group of pilgrims as they travel together from London to Canterbury to visit the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. The prize for this contest is a free meal at the Tabard Inn at Southwark on their return. After a long list of works written earlier in his career, including Troilus and Criseyde , House of Fame , and Parliament of Fowls , The Canterbury Tales is near-unanimously seen as Chaucer's magnum opus.
The frame narrative of the Tales itself is religious: everybody is on pilgrimage to Canterbury. But these are not necessarily the most pious pilgrims in the world: for many of the travelers, that the pilgrimage is a tourist expedition rather than a devout religious quest. The Catholic Church was an enormously powerful force in medieval society, and extremely wealthy. Church official were often seen as corrupt, bribing and coercing people to obtain money for the church under false pretences. Since members of the church were not allowed to work for a living, they had to gain money by other means.