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Who is the old man in the Pardoner's Tale?
Last Updated: 30th May, 2020
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Also to know is, who does the old man represent in Pardoner's Tale?
The old man can be “death” itself or a representation of death as he sends the three young men, who are looking for death, to an Oak tree where they find treasure and, ultimately, die. In other words, he sends them to a place where they find death or death finds them. One of the “rioters” calls him the death's spy.
Similarly, who is death in the Pardoner's Tale? The Pardoner's Tale is a reminder that death is inevitable. Death is personified as a thief who pierces the heart of his victims. This was an iconographic image of death throughout the middle ages and later.
In this way, who is the old man in the Pardoner's Tale Is he a spy for death?
The symbolic meaning of the Old Man in "The Pardoner's Tale" is not clarified within the story or in The Canterbury Tales themselves. Some have asserted that the Old Man is Death personified; indeed, one of the rioters accuses him of being Death's spy.
What is the old man problem in the Pardoner tale?
He had to travel the world until he found someone who would trade youth for age. Where does the old men send the rioters? To an oak tree.