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5. The Pardoner's Tale

Consider the Pardoner’s occupation and compare it to the story he tells.  What is your assessment of the Pardoner’s character?  Do you believe that “Greed is the root of all evil?”  How can this aphorism be applied to our modern American society?
BrianTATA

The Pardoner is a figure that is brutally honest at best and a cheat at his worst.  He says that greed is the root of all evil.  He makes this even more obvious when he says that the "relics" he keeps are all fake and that he only keeps it there to make money.  He goes so far as to say that he only preaches to make money.  I feel that the Pardoner may seem like a cheat, but he is because he's figure out how to manipulate people.  Much like a serial killer can get into the minds of his victims and control them, the pardoner has complete control over the people he preaches too.  I believe that greed is the root of all evil because it is what drives people to do stupid things.  Like the tale exemplifies greed drove the three men from their intended goal of avenging their friend and drove them to kill each other.  This aphorism can be applied to modern socity through the fact that corporate business owners have no problem lying and cheating to make more profit.  Highschool kisd turn cut throat to get into that prestigous college.
Cindy Thai

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The Pardoner is a con artist to say the least. I find his selfish, money-stealing schemes completely unforgivable. One could argue that he is honest to the pilgrims about his deceitful ways, but to take pride in what he does is unbelievable. The Pardoner is a hypocrite for preaching about the sin of avarice when he is guilty of it himself. He fools innocent people into believing his relics are real when they are really old bones and rags. He manages to trick people into believing the false tales he conjures up, promising them absolution and prosperity in return for a generous donation. The Pardoner admits, “‘For my purpose is nothing but profit, and not at all the correction of sin. I don’t care if their souls go wandering when they are buried!’” (288). This shows that the Pardoner does not use his occupation for the greater good at all, but for his own self-interest. He knows that he contradicts everything he preaches, yet he still continues his dirty work to reap its benefits. The Pardoner declares, “‘I will not copy any one of the apostles; I will have money, wool, cheese, and wheat, even though it’s given to me by the poorest page or widow in a village, whose children will consequently starve’” (289). This angered me most about the Pardoner because I could not believe that someone could be so greedy as to beg for money from the poor, knowing they would deprive a starving child of food. He refuses to sacrifice these materialistic items because selfishness has corrupted him so.

Greed is the root of all evil because it is the driving force for immoral intentions. People steal, murder, and harm or deceive others for their own selfish reasons. I agree with Brian that it was greed that motivated the three young gamblers in the Pardoner’s Tale to kill each other and it was also what ultimately led to their demise. It was avarice that landed these men in the hands of Death, the very “thief” they were hunting for.

In modern society, there are many con artists who will lure their vulnerable victims with flattery and lies. They will take advantage of them financially, leaving them with empty pockets and unfulfilled promises. For example, fraudulent building contractors will guarantee their clients a beautiful new home, but instead flee with all their money and a demolished home. I read an online article this afternoon about a newlywed couple in Renton, WA whose home was ransacked during their wedding. Together they have a total of five children from previous relationships that they must now raise without the basic essentials like food and clothing because everything was stolen. The thieves even stole the urn that held the bride’s mother’s ashes. It was a truly heinous crime that these thieves committed and the distress they caused this couple is tragic. This story epitomizes the aphorism, “Greed is the root of all evil” because it was greed that drove these thieves to sinfully steal from an innocent family.

* Link to article: http://news.aol.com/article/coupl...d-during-wedding/635092?icid=main|main|dl1|link3|http%3A%2F%2Fnews.aol.com%2Farticle%2Fcouples-home-ransacked-during-wedding%2F635092
Cristal Rosales

The pardoner is someone who is a cheat and in my opinion is ok with being open about it. He manipulates through the things that he preaches and cons his audience by using his words and infecting them with his performances. I don't think that greed is the root of all evil I think that it is a part of it sometimes but most times I think that it depends on the person. Like a cannibal for example is driven by desire to eat flesh he is not being greedy yet he is doing something evil. Or when someone wants to avenge a loved one the root of that evil is being fueled by wanting to find justice when at the same time they might end up doing something evil to end up with the desired result.
SerenaLo

The Pardoner's occupation is to preach about the stories that would deter his audience from committing a sin or reliving some sort of pain through the use of relics(unbeknown to the audience that the relics are fake). The specific sins that the pardoner takes a liking for is that of greed and gluttony. Though his tale is about the circumstances that are synonymous with greed, the Pardoner clearly states that he is not shay about propositioning, even flattering his listeners for some gold or silver coins. " I only preach of avarice and the like, and in this way induce them to be free in giving cash-especially to me"(396). For this reason, I see the Pardoner's character to be hypocritical and opportunistic. I do believe that greed is the root of all evil. This can be applied to our modern society because our current economic state has partly been caused by the greed our public holds. On top of that, many of the modern world's wars have been fought over a nation's greed for power, land, resources, or riches.
wesleyCHENG

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The Pardoner's tale reflects his compulsive manipulation.  Even as the Pardoner admits to deceive people, the attempts to do the same at the end of his tale.  I like the connection that Brian made between the Pardoner and a killer.  Instead of taking a life, the Pardoner's crime is essentially robbery.  Other than that the Pardoner lures his victims with stories before making his move at the end.  

I would have to disagree with the statement that greed is the root of all evil.  I feel that pride is the root of all evil more specifically it is the excessively high opinion of oneself that makes a person fail to care about those around them.  A person who is prideful can rationalize that their unkind and hateful actions to others making them feel justified.  Because of the I can see pride setting the stage for all sorts of evils.  

However, be it greed or pride, America in this present time can still learn from this.  Our country as a whole has been guilty of greed and pride.  Our country has a record of churning out the most greedy and selfish business people if we only look back in our history about 100 years to the industrial revolution.  Since then society may have improved somewhat but there are still those who live lavish lives who give little concern to others in America who are well below the poverty line.  If we want to apply this to America, we must first look to our own lives.
Hasandeep

Hasandeep Saini

The Pardoner’s occupation is preaching about greed. He uses fake relics, which his audience does not know, and claims that they come from holy men. As others have said, the Pardoner is brutally honest about himself, acknowledging that he is guilty of the same thing he preaches about. However, he is a deceitful person, and only cares about himself. “I want good money, good clothes and cheese and wheat, no matter whether it comes from a serving maid, or the poorest widow, freezing while she prays, who needs the money to keep her children alive” (120-123).

I believe that greed is the root of all evil. For example, in the tale after one of the three rioters had gone to town to fetch some bread and wine, the other two quickly devised a plan to kill the third rioter, so they could have more money between them. This was caused by greed for money and in the end, they all ended up dead. This aphorism can also relate to modern society by the fact many people do evil acts for greed. One example is con artists like Cindy said. They will tell you lies or sometimes exaggerate the truth, making you fall into their trap.
victoriaduong

The Pardoner is a deceitful, hypocritical, and frank person. He will go to great heights for wealth. However, the Pardoner has no trouble admitting his wrongful behaviors. He straightforwardly declared to the rest of the pilgrims that he preaches only for money and that his relics are a sham.  

The Pardoner’s occupation centers on fraud and trickery. With the sole intention of pocketing money, he hypocritically preaches about sinful acts in a luring and believable manner. Then, he presents his fake relics and asks for contributions. The Pardoner does not care if his contributors are penniless widows who are responsible for starving young children; he will accept take their money. The Pardoner is very much like the three men in his tale—greedy and deceitful. The three men were all selfish and greedy. Instead of being pleased with their luck of finding money, they planed a scheme to kill each other for a greater share of the gold. Similar to how the Pardoner is willing to take the last penny of a poor widow, the men were willing to kill their own friends. These ruthless actions are caused by greed and selfishness.

I believe that greed and selfishness are the roots of all evil. Cindy’s story of the robbery is the perfect example. Why did the thieves rob the innocent couple’s house? Why do students cheat on tests? Why do people lie? People perform sinful actions for their own self-interest. The thieves wanted more money, the students wanted better grades, and the liars wanted to hide the truths that can get them in trouble.
tomohito

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It was very appropriate that the Pardoner told a tale about sins because he deals with sinners as an occupation. Although he says the relics are fake, I believe that the relics have value because the ones the purchase believes they have value. The Pardoner being a religious figure, doesn't mean he was entirely pure either. He is human and he also commits sins like any other human. I disagree that greed is the root of all evil because I believe greed also has it's positive aspects. Greed is always taken too far and cause negative effects but sometimes greed helps by making people strive for more. For example, even if you have everything you ever desire, if you stop striving forward, your life would be pointless. Greed helps humans have an endless goal which they can strive towards. Yet greed is mostly taken in a negative sense because it is depicted as a negative emotion that leads to terrible things such as killing your friends. "Greed is the root of all evil." can still be applied in modern American society because, like Brian said in his post, corporate business and money-hungry businessmen take greed too far and starts to achieve their goals by using evil ways.
RyanTo

The Pardoner's job is just a huge scam. He tells others that he can cure jealousy, increase fortune, and cure sick livestock. The Pardoner even admitted he was scamming other, and for some strange reason is proud of it. The story he tells has a similar meaning to what he does to others. Instead of killing others, the Pardoner tricks others into giving him money. I see the Pardoner as someone who cannot be trust and is cunning.

I agree with Wesley that greed is not the root of all evil. Pride is the root of most evil. When a person has too much pride it makes them cocky and rude.

A good example of this is the United States. Like Wesley said since the Industrial Revolution in the US, some of the most greedy and ruthless business leaders emerged from the US. Even today the government is extremely greedy.
ChristinaLu

I don't believe that anybody can be all evil, so there is no such thing as "all evil". In all humans, they have a good and bad side. Some choose not to be bad, but some have already begun their sneaky ways. The pardoner is an honest person, although he's greedy. He's one who is willing to murder another just to get more money. There are many others I'm sure that would have a harder life than he, and yet he's not willing to help the less fortunate out. Compared to our modern society, it is relevant because as Cristal said, our economy is very poor. Some people would do anything to get what they want. Also, businesses aren't doing so great so they add in incentives to lure in their customer. The customer would be eyeing that incentive, so they will listen to the businessman. There are very few selfless people in this world now, because most people have that "Every man for themselves" mentality.
Tiffany Lam

I'd like to recall a certain quote from the Dark knight.. "If you're good at something, never do it for free"- Joker.
This quote corresponds with this post quite nicely...

The pardoner of course, like Cindy mentioned, is a huge scam artist. His only goal in life is to leech food and money off of anyone he can get his hands on. Whether they be families with money or familes deprived of basic life necessities. He targets the foolish ones who easily believe that he is one who can bring hope to their lives. Of course, it is very difficult for one to see through the mask of evil when one is disguised as a religious person. Nontheless, the pardoner is actually a pretty wise man. Of course society would not agree with his decision because obviously, no one enjoys being scammed. He honestly feels no shame, but rather takes advantage of this opportuinity to profit himself notoriously.

I'd have to agree that greed is the root of all evil. No matter what synonyms you use to replace greed, I believe, is basically the same thing. Any kind of action based on benefiting one own's desire is the reason why many sinful humans perform such evil performances.
Goutam Gupta

Goutam Gupta

The Pardoner’s tale about avoiding sin and gluttony seems to be self-contradicting because, he himself, is guilty of the crime. I find it ironic and unreasonable that the Pardoner is the one preaching about the cons of sin and gluttony when, he himself, has the audacity to do it and hurt those people.  As Cindy has mentioned the crimes that the Pardoner committed, are unforgivable because he has stooped so low that he ended up depriving people from even the basic necessities of life such as food. To me, the Pardoner is a cheat, and as the old saying goes, “cheaters never prosper”. We can see this at the end when the three men end up killing each other just for gold. The tactics that the three people used ultimately ended up hurting each other. Although the two men were successfully able to get rid of the third man, it became obvious that the two wanted the gold for themselves. Therefore they both had the same motive to poison each other which they ultimately did. Because of this greed and extreme cruelty, no one was able to retrieve what they wanted.

In modern America today, I would have to agree with the fact that indeed, “Greed is the root of all evil”. If we look at the Bernie Madoff scandal that happened not too long ago, we can see how this gentleman ended up scamming thousands (maybe more) of people from millions of dollars. And, why did he do this? Simply, because to afford a rich and lavish lifestyle with his wife and own family. Ultimately this greed caught up to him, and now today, he is paying the consequences.
Sing Sing

The Pardoner's character is greedy of course, but his greed is more of a symptom than the cause.  From the way he declares his flaws but ignores them, he appears to find himself above everyone himself.  That arrogance seems to have fed into a belief that if he is so superior, then he deserves to trick others and take their money.

Whether greed is the root of all evil, I do not really know. But since greed comes from want, and want of money, power, alcohol, and material goods can do horrible things to people, then it is very likely.  And with people trying to find the easy way out of money, conning is a very available method.  However, unlike the Pardoner, most con-artists seem to do it for the thrill of scamming others, rather than the right the Pardoner believes he has.
robialee

Like Goutam mentioned, it is very ironic that the pardoner preaches about the dangers of greed, yet he himself is of a greedy nature. In fact, he puts on a big show to trick people into believing his ridiculous lies. "All my preaching is about avarice and similar sins, in order to make the people generous in contributing their pennies, especially to me. For my purpose is nothing but profit, and not at all the correction of sin,"(314) shows that he cares for nobody except himself. It is also shocking that he openly confesses to his sins and feels absolutely no guilt for his actions.

In the tale, all three rioters had a greed for money. Instead of sharing the gold they had found, each was part of a scheme to keep more for themselves. It is especially sad because they had previously made a pact that they would watch out for each other like brothers. Right off the bat, they broke their promise becuase of greed.

I believe that greed is a major contributor to evil. Just recently, I heard a story about a family that had been scammed after they had paid for a cruise. They had been saving up for a family vacation and were devastated to hear that their money was gone but they had no tickets.
Judy A. Lim

The Pardoner's job is to forgive sinners, and the story he tells rails against drunkards and greed. I agree that greed is a significant root of evil in that by terms of "evil," it causes great harm to others.  Greed is defined as the excessive desire to acquire or possess more than what one needs or deserves, and the hypocritical Pardoner himself is a truer example of his sermon, much more so than his characters.

When I think of greed, I think of the insatiable lust for power, money, fame, standing and rank. It is greed for land and power that causes wars and thousands upon thousands of deaths and casualties. It is the desire for money, more than one person needs, that robs from the poor and defenseless. In modern American society, greed can be seen in our politicians, cops and leaders. It is within those who scam the elderly, steal credit cards, sell narcotics, exploit the youth and talent, take from the poor and give to the rich. On a personal note, I even have an uncle whose lawyer told him to give him more money so that he can do some kind of paperwork that my brother says is meaningless and will, by no means, solve his problems, but rather extend it. Greed creates corruption, and corruption harms everyone else under its order.
lawrenceCHEN

The Pardoner is definitely a charlatan inspired by greed and lust. Similar to what Goutam said above, irony was the first thing that came to my mind when the Pardoner discloses his false preachings on greed when he is avaricious himself. Sometimes people are forced to lie, but because the Pardoner acknowledges his own immorality, he cannot be pardoned or in anyways be excused.

From my perspective "Greed is the root of all evil" may not always be true. Like what Wesley mentioned, pride is also a contributor to the root of evil. Currently, in our society, there are a few (hahaha multiply that by 99999999) of those that are driven by greed. The moral of the Pardoner's story definitely applies to our world. I mean, once in a while don't we always see some idiots getting arrested for lying, cheating, or stealing on the news?
Karenvan

Reply to The pardoner's tale

The Pardoner is driven by greed and avarice. The greed and avarice can lead to evil and that is what we see with the Pardoner. The Pardoner’s job is to forgive sinners, yet he himself does some of these sins. As Lawrence has said, the Pardoner can not be pardon for the sins he has done. Greed is the root of all evil. When people become greedy, they don’t think about the people that are in their path when they go for what they want. They hurt the people in the way. In our society today, we see greed around us. We see in the news about people to get arrested or kill for the greedy acts they do.
Diego

Diego Tabares

I agree with Lawrence that the pardoner is inspired by lust and definitely greed.  We see how the pardoner is one who forgives others of sins and yet he is a hypocrite.  Not the kind of pardoner I would like to confess to.

I agree with Wesley that Pride is also a root of evil.  We see how some people cause harm to others to stay on top, or they don't understand one's feelings but rather ignore everyone.  I do believe it applies to our world, look at Bernie Madoff or the Craiglist killer. Greed is one trait that hurts more than you think.
Elena Trang

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The Pardoner is an interesting character who could not practice what he preached.  Surely he is a con relegated to selfish acts to gain his means.  I do believe that greed is the root of all evil for man is selfish by nature.  The Pardoner is a ruthless man who looks out solely for his own interests.  

Tiffany’s quote by the Joker may correlate to my recent discovery with the show “Shark Tank” and its investors.  These people make smart moves and utilize their skills to make large profits.  They want a stake of at least 51% over the other which really would entitle them to that much more control and power.  Though the Pardoner acts without shame, I believe it’s not so much the term pride that has as large a bearing over evil as selfishness does.  Most people know when they do evil things and obviously don’t feel proud of it.  People naturally want the best for themselves and therefore compete for resources.  And especially for our modern American society, we feel the constant drive for progress that in many cases translates into excess or debauchery.  

This greed for money, power, and resources most easily leads to all other sins.  Like the three rioters in the Pardoner’s Tale, people lie, deceive and manipulate out of mere concern for themselves to have everything they could get their hands on.  Yet when you have everything, you certainly have everything to lose.  As illustrated in this tale, it isn’t disease or natural disasters that kill a man; it is war between men driven by greed that lead to one’s own demise.
Stanley Lin

Like Goutam and Robia, I find it ironic that the Pardonner's duty is to forgive sins but he himself is subject to lust and greed. Thus, my assessment of his character is that the Pardonner is unaware of his actions. ALthough the Middle Ages placed an emphasis on pride, it is very cavalier for someone like the Pardonner to act without shame.

I believe that "greed is the root of all evil" can be applied to modern American society since our world revolves heavily around money. In these economic times, people are resorting to stealing and crime rates are rising.
AnhPham

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Elena took words right out of my mouth: the pardoner failed to practice what he preached. He is a hypocrite for belittling those who lead sinful lives while he himself uses his clever characteristics to earn material goods at the cost of others. Thus, the pardoner is not pure as members of the church are supposed to be. I find greed to be a root of evil since this belief is demonstrated on a daily basis in modern times. Like Lawrence stated beforehand, the news is always filled with stories of thieves on a day-to-day basis. Corruption and deception often goes hand-in-hand with greed and in American society, the Enron scandal of 2001 and Martha Stewart's scandal proves to be a great example of just that. To see Martha Stewart, who represented the image of the perfect house-maker, succumb to the depths of greed emphasizes the grasp and influence greed can have on people.
KatieTruong

The pardoner is a character that is hypocritical yet blunt. The pardoner admits that his relics are nothing but fakes and believes in the saying “Greed is the root of all evil.” He warns his listeners on the sins in his story, but meanwhile speaks of how he is entranced by money. The pardoner is a figure that preaches others' sins and greed, but says nothing about his own greed. Greed is the root of all evil because it is the gas that fuels the power, the drive to achieve anything at all cost for the sake of satisfying one’s needs. Thievery, tricks, as well as murder all points towards greed, when one person decides that they simply don’t have enough and would never have enough. In today’s society, greed can be seen nearly everywhere. Smoking is obviously poor for the health yet some companies still puts the efforts to sell and advertise them, making smoking an enticing activity. Sometimes even simple special sales could be an example of greed. A sign that offers a sale: By one, get the second half off is an example of not only is buying one not enough, they want you to buy two which distracts a customer from his/her usual goal of only getting one item.
eddielau

I believe that the pardoner is a deceitful person, whom will go to any extremes for money.  Not only is he deceitful, but he is shameless about the things he does like when he told the pilgrims that he preaches for money.  Along with being deceitful, he’s also a hypocrite.  He preaches about sins and other shameful doings while after his preachings asks for donations.  

I believe that Greed is a source of evil, but not the root of all evil.  We have to consider other feelings such as lust. However lust is just greed in another form, greed for women.
Tony Huang

5. The Pardoner's Tale

Very sorry for late post.  Last few days were either very busy or had to take a test. Embarassed

Considering the Pardoner’s occupation, the story he tells is quite ironic.  He likes, if not loves, money yet his story is about how “Greed is the root of all evil” (pg. 313).  I would look down at the pardoner for his greediness but I see that this one can benefit others.  His story urges many to stay away from greed.  Even if he told this story for money it teaches the listeners a valuable lesson.  I do believe that “Greed is the root of all evil.”  A person who is greedy never has enough.  He wants everything that he does not have.  This is shown in the Pardoner’s story when the rioters went as far as to kill each other so they get more money.  Gold was worth a lot and there was so much that they can not carry it all at once.  I assumed that there was probably enough gold to last a life time.  The rioters were truly blinded by greed when they decided to kill each other for it.  On the other hand, a person who is not greedy has everything he needs.  He is content with what he has.  In our modern society is not easy to resist the temptation of greed.  Economy is going bad so more obstacles are getting in the way of students who want to go to colleges or universities.  Many years ago up until now we could see a dramatic rise in price for almost everything.
marikochan808

rosa lau

The Pardoner’s occupation as a preacher is quite hypocritical.  I agree with my classmates that the Pardoner is manipulative yet honest.  He admits that he preaches for the wrong reasons (making money), but he preaches about not committing sins.  He reveals and admits to his greediness.  In the tale, all three died because of their selfishness and greed.  If they just agreed to share and to split the treasurer, the three of them would still be alive and rich.  So, I do agree with the statement that “Greed is the root of evil.”  People do evil things because of their own selfish reasons, whether it’s for revenge, thrill, or “just because” they want to.  I really like what Katie said that, “it is the gas that fuels the power.”  In our society, it is the same.  People develop new products that may or may not be beneficial to the consumer, just to make money.  Money, which is directly related to greed, is what people aim to gain despite how it may affect others.
vivianmak

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I agree with Goutam that the pardoner is preaching to people to not commit any sins, yet he is doing exactly that. The pardoner is someone who is not afraid to express openly of the sins he has done to people. Therefore I must disagree with Stanley when he said that the pardoner is unaware of what he is doing. I think that the pardoner clearly knows what he is doing. He knows that while he is forgiving these people, he is also conning them. The greed and lust has taken him to con the people that come to him for help.

I do believe that “Greed is the root of all evil.” The greed in someone can make them go through extremes to get what they want. If they are really desperate, some would steal to get it or worse murder someone. I think that especially in such a difficult time right now in our economy, there will be more people who will be stealing.
Wilson Bang

Just by looking at the Pardoner's job, a person would assume that the Pardoner is suppose to be a character that is all holy, righteous, and truthful but yet after hearing about what he truly thinks while preaching we are able to tell that you truly can't judge a person by their cover as the Pardoner is easily manipulated by greed. The Pardoner seems to be a character that takes a noble job and use it for greedy purposes.

I agree greed is a prime root of evil as greed seems to ruin everyday values and morals. This can relate to modern day events because countries fight everyday because leaders are consumed with greed. Robbers steal from the most innocent people because they crave money, top business owners take over smaller companies and ruin the lives of the lower income, corrupted politicians abuse the tax money of the working class to use on their own greedy purposes, the list goes on and on and shows that greed although may not be the root of all and everything evil, is still one of the greatest evils to humanity.
Krystal Han

I found the Pardoner to be particularly interesting. He does mention that greed is at the root of all evil, yet he is the ultimate con artist. His occupation contradicts his true personality and his actions. The Pardoner goes out of his way in order to make a quick dollar, much like people today. He preys on the vulnerable and takes full advantage of them. Though I see why Wesley went with pride, rather than greed, I do believe that greed is the root of all evil. Greed (defined as excessive desire, according to dictionary.com) is usually the main motive for committing any crime. Though revenge is arguably the motive for most crimes (particularly murder), revenge is the desire to get back at someone. Therefore, revenge is intertwined with greed. Well, that's the way I think of it.
JacquelynChuong

I think that the pardoner is a perfect example of a hypocrite. He tells everybody that greed is the root of all evil, but his own greediness is causing him to trick others into giving him money. I agree with other students when they say that the pardoner is very honest, but honesty really doesn’t make up for all the wrong that he committed. I truly do believe that greed is the root of all evil, because any evil done has an ulterior motive. Whether it is stealing or even murder, it is probably because of greed.
BonnieDao

The Pardoner’s actions are hypocritical from what he preaches.  He cons people with religious occupation to sustain his materialistic and gluttonous life.  The pardoner lives an immoral life which he acknowledges but is fine with.  He shouldn’t be okay with it since he is working for the church but Chaucer’s point with this character is to show the corruption of the church.  

If my belief was based solely on the novel, I would believe that “greed is the root of all evil.”  But since it’s not, I would have to say that greed is not the root of all evil.  Based on what I’ve seen and known, it is not greed but people themselves from which evil stems on.  People’s minds, thoughts, interpretations, and experiences are all contributing factors that lead to their “evil” doings.  It’s not like people are innately evil; they pick up on their more negative traits as they live life and learn from their surroundings.  

The statement “Greed is the root of all evil” applies to many Americans including young children.  Over the summer, I was volunteering at the library with the kids’ summer reading program.  At the table, there were stickers that were given to kids who wanted them.  Many of the parents urged their kids to take more and more so that they were taking handfuls at a time.  These parents are teaching their kids to be greedy instead of telling them not to be.  Some parents were okay with their kids cheating to get prizes.  Although they are kids, and what they want is small, as time goes by, their desires and wants only get bigger.  If this is happening throughout our nation, our futures are going to be full of people who are lacking a little bit in morals.
Kristi Tea

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The pardoner was a fake. He’s supposed to be someone who forgives others for their sins. He also is not supposed to sin. Ironically, he too is a sinner. He only does his job for money. His is a sign of greed. The Pardoner is dishonest and should care more about his job than money.

I don’t believe that Greed alone is the root of all evil. Yes it does lead to evil, but many other things do as well. Greed is the more popular of evils. Greed is what causes people to rob a bank, or murder a friend, or even cheat. Greed is also a reason why people cheat on their taxes. They don’t want to have to give their money away to the government. They want to keep their money to themselves.

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