The Canterbury Tales

How does the Pardoner’s attitude toward what he does and sells cheapen the very notion of pilgrimage?

The Pardoner's Tale

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The Pardoner is like the old "snake oil salesmen". His relics and prayers are useless and he knows it. He is a charlatan who is on a holy pilgrimage which seems ironic. Really all the Chaucer’s characters are full of vices of some sort so this is not surprising.