The Pardoner
Period 2
Deion Arnold

The Pardoner=


Part 1

Research questions:
  • What specific occupation does your character practice?
The Pardoner's job was to travel around and forgive people for there sins. To do this he would give out pardons, or also known as small strips of parchment, that would supposedly forgive sins. The pardoner sold these pardons for money.
  • What does the need for this occupation tell us about the time period?
This occupation tells us that people in this time period had lots of sin and were afraid of sin. It also tells us that people in this time period were very corrupt.
  • What was his or her social standing?
The Pardoner stood as a member of the church in his middle age society. He was thought of has a good member of the church to everyone but that is not the case.
  • What might your character’s day to day life be like?
The Pardoner today might be a corrupt person who scandals people out of their money. He would deceive people into thinking one thing, while actually taking advantage of them.
  • What details about this character does Chaucer not include?
Chaucer actually includes many things about the Pardoner but one thing that can be still unclear about the Pardoner may be the question of, how did the Pardoner become so corrupt?
  • What modern day occupation might correspond to your medieval character and why?
The Pardoner today might be a businessman who attempts to sell things for a profit. He might have this occupation today because that is the same thing he does in his time period. He sells things to people in order to get money.

Part 2
Examination of text:

1. The Pardoner's prologue in simple words:
  1. The Summoner and a gentle Pardoner rode together,
  2. They were both alike
  3. They were coming back from the Court of Rome,
  4. He loudly sang " come here, love, come home! "
  5. The Summoner sang deep harmonies to this song,
  6. Nothing ever sounded so strong,
  7. The Pardoner had very yellow hair,
  8. Hanging down smoothly
  9. His locks fell behind his head,
  10. Down to his shoulders which were broad;
  11. They were very thin and lay one by one.
  12. He didn't wear a hood just because;
  13. The hood inside his wallet was secretly stored,
  14. He always tried to ride properly,
  15. But he didn't have a cap;
  16. He had bulging eyes, like a rabbit.
  17. He had a relic on his hat;
  18. His wallet was laying on his lap,
  19. He had many pieces of pardons
  20. He had a small voice like a goat might have

  • Which lines in the prologue best describe your character’s physical appearance?

-The lines in the prologue that best describe the Pardoner's physical appearance is when it says, " hair as yellow as wax, bulging eyes, had a cross, holy relic on his cap" lines 695, 704, 719, 705

  • Which lines describe his/her personality?
-The lines that describe his personality include, "and ( well he could ) win silver from the crowd. that's why he sang so merrily and loud.
    • Which specific words add to your understanding of the character’s personality?
-Some specific words are, "and by his flatteries and prevarication made monkeys of the priest and congregation." these words show how the Pardoner is a person who lies.

Part 3
Analysis of the passage

    1. What is Chaucer’s opinion toward this character?
      -The Pardoner is corrupt and evil in Chaucer's opinion.
    2. What specific lines or words tell you this?
      -"But best of all he sang an Offertory, for well he knew that when that song was sung" - Lines 730 and 731 in these lines it shows how the Pardoner was interested in singing while offering was happening. This suggests and adds that the Pardoner is corrupt in the church.
    3. What word choices require an understanding of vocabulary from the time period? Define any unfamiliar words or phrases.
      -Offertory: Hymn sung while offerings are collected in the church.
    4. What is Chaucer trying to reveal or expose about the time period? Explain any satire you see as well.
      -Chaucer is trying to reveal or expose that the church and the people in it were corrupt. The satire that this brings is that people in churches are looked at as good or morally correct but this description of the Pardoner is the opposite.
    5. What do you think Chaucer's purpose of including this character was?
      -Chaucer's purpose of including this character was to bring contrast between what people would normally think of church people and what it really was during this time period.


Works Cited

"Canterbury Tales - Medieval Church." 28 Oct. 2012. Oakwood Publishing Company. 28 Oct. 2012. <>.