Themes in The Pardoner's Prologue and Tale

Themes in literature

Advanced literary study focuses on how writing conveys meaning. Anyone can see what the text is about; the student looks at how meanings are created or implied. For example:

  • The Pardoner's Tale is obviously about death — murders. However, the literary student sees how wording, repetitions, images, connections, etc., throughout the text which widen out that theme of death. By the end of the text, there have been many different ideas about what death represents
  • Anyone can see that there are men in the narrative. But wording, patterns and images also suggest that, cumulatively, there's an examination of masculinity as a concept as well.

The following are a selection of themes running through The Pardoner's Prologue and Tale, but you may discern more. Continue to Themes in The Pardoner's Prologue and Tale...

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