Master of Arts
One of the most troublesome problems in Chaucer scholarship is the question of the Pardoner's motivation for his self-relevation and the seemingly improbable sale attempt which follows it. Many widely varying approaches have been proposed as attempts to solve the problem. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the general validity of the various approaches, to examine closely the many theories which attempt to explain the Pardoner's behavior and, finally, to arrive at some conclusions which will lead to a better understanding of the Pardoner's performance.
Ramsey, Stanley David, "Chaucer's pardoner and his motivation" (1966). Theses and Dissertations. 3454.