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The Canterbury Tales: The Prologue Essay

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The seven deadly sins can be easily committed by anyone unknowingly. Ever since humans came on earth, they have been immoral, shiftless creatures trying to find the easiest way out. But for ages, mankind struggled to also find a solution to help our spiritual needs and guide it in the right path. Thus, the concept of the seven deadly sins arose: gluttony, lust, pride, wrath, sloth, jealousy, and greed. If one carries on with life without committing a deadly sin, while being good from the heart and not just from the mind and actions, he/she will avoid the eternal damnation of hell. The Canterbury Tales: The Prologue, by Geoffrey Chaucer, contains pilgrims going to Canterbury, ...view middle of the document...

/His house was never short of bake-meat pies/Of fish and flesh, and these in such supplies/It positively snowed with meat and drink/And all the dainties that a man could think" (351-356). This abundance of food in his house depicts how he had a constant craving for foods because he would have his house full of elaborate and luxurious edibles and meals. He had the best of all types of food. He would have nearly every type of food and a great abundance of it too. "According to the seasons of the year/Changes of dish were ordered to appear." (357-358). This means that all year round he would have food according to which season it is. He would order dishes coinciding to the time of year, whether it is summer, winter, fall, or spring. Also, this depicts Franklin's obsession with food. He is a man whose life revolved around food. It seemed that he was voracious, ravenous, and very eager to eat in a gluttonous matter at all times. The Pardoner committed the deadly sin of greed. Although he did many misdeeds, greed was his major sin. " For well he knew that when that song was sung/ He'd have to preach and tune his honey-tongue/And (well he could) win silver from the crowd. / That's why he sang so merrily and loud."(731-734). The Pardoner sang as merrily and as loud as he could to gain a silver from his crowd and audience. He would gain money by tuning his voice until it was just right for singing. It appears that the Pardoner will go to extremes to gain as much money as he can. "And, in a glass, a rubble of pigs' bones. / And with these...

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