The Canterbury Tales

Write a character analysis of the Pardoner

Consider in your analysis the Pardoner's Prologue, his tale, and the description of the Pardoner in the general Prologue. Before you write, gather details for your analysis in a cluster diagram. Be sure to quote directly from the text to support your character analysis. If you are so inspired, supply your own illustration or a cartoon of the Pardoner.

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The Pardoner

An effeminate and shamelessly immoral man, the Pardoner is intensely self-loathing yet devoted to his task of defrauding people of their money by making them believe that they have sinned and need to buy pardons. His tale is an allegory about three rioters who find death through their avarice. The Pardoner uses this tale as an attempt to sell pardons to the company, but is silenced by the Host.