To make time go by the host recommended each pilgrim tell a tale.

The Canterbury Tales, a group of tales packed within a framing narrative, are widely studied and adapted today reinforcing Chaucer’s enduring talent to produce written works which so enduringly grasp...

To counter the sadness of the tale, the Host suggests that the Pardoner tell a lighter tale.

/ That’s why he sang so merrily and loud.
Analysis The Pardoner has an ugly outward appearance, which alludes to an ugly soul.

"This Pardoner had hair as yellow as wax,
Hanging down smoothly like a hank of flax.
In driblets fell his locks behind his head
Down to his shoulders which they overspread;
Thinly they fell, like rat-tails, one by one."


"And he had bulging eye-balls, like a hare." Analysis


The tale is a window upon the person that tells it.

In particular, Chaucer concentrates on the Pardoner's references to the evils of alcohol, gambling, blasphemy, and money, which aim not only to condemn his listeners and unbuckle their purses, but to elicit their wrath and expose his eunuchism....


Teaching The Canterbury Tales to Non-Liberal-Arts Students

Chaucer strongly uses the Knight, the Squire and the Prioress’s clothing to symbolize how their personalities are reflected through The Canterbury Tales.

The three rioters and the pardoner have a lot in common.

are the words with which he begins the closing passage, and thesevery words indicate his confusion. For he has not forgotten hisrelics. On the contrary, he has just been talking about them, andpraising their efficacy. The whole passage is jocose. At the end, heturns to the host, and pointedly suggests that he begin, as being themost sinful of the company. This remark alone would suffice toindicate how little serious purpose there is in the proposition ofthe Pardoner. The host is the last person to yield to seductivesuggestions of this sort in any case, and it would be idle to expecthim to do so after the full revelation of himself that the Pardonerhas made.

Hidden in Plain Sight: Teaching Masculinities in The Canterbury Tales

In the case of The Pardoner's Tale, three men, drunkards and gamblers, are informed of the demise of one of their friends at the hands of a mysterious person named Death.

The Pardoner’s “Old Man”: Postmodern Theory and the Premodern Text

Though he works for the church, he doesn't truly believe in the work he does and does not follow the standard procedures of a layman.

" And by his flatteries and prevarication / Made monkeys of the priest and congregation"


Analysis The Pardoner was a con-man, who claimed to have part of the Virgin Mary's veil and part of the sail from St.

The Canterbury Tales in the Digital Age

These pilgrims include a Knight, his son the Squire, the Knight's Yeoman, a Prioress, a Second Nun, a Monk, a Friar, a Merchant, a Clerk, a Man of Law, a Franklin, a Weaver, a Dyer, a Carpenter, a Tapestry-Maker, a Haberdasher, a Cook, a Shipman, a Physician, a Parson, a Miller, a Manciple, a Reeve, a Summoner, a Pardoner, the Wife of Bath, and Chaucer himself....