Greed Plays the Pardoner

.::. 12-15-2010 .::. written for pt. 2 of  British Lit. final .::. Abigail Morris .::.

+ Greed Plays the Pardoner

            The Canterbury Tales, written by Geoffrey Chaucer, is the tale of a medieval pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral. The characters which embark upon the journey are from all three estates, and are lively and interesting individuals. As the final member joins the band of travelers he proposes that the group each entertain the others with four stories—two on the way to Canterbury, and two on the way back. The group agrees and so off they set, having already been introduced to the reader by way of the descriptive analysis of Chaucer the character/narrator. Continue reading

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Greed Defined

.::. 12-15-2010 .::. written as pt 1 of my British Lit. final .::. Abigail Morris .::.

+ Greed Defined

            The Oxford English Dictionary defines greed primarily as “inordinate or insatiate longing, esp. for wealth; avarice or covetous desire.” It is Scottish in origin though the spelling varied and can be used as a verb (though such use is labeled “rare”). What seems most odd about the listing for the word is the first recorded date of use—1609. According to the OED, the word greed was first used by Simeon Graham in his The Anatomie of Humours in the sentence: “Whose avarice and gread of geare is such, that they care not whom with they joyne, so being they be ritch.” It’s a lovely sentence and rather a bit amusing once mentally paired with a typical Scottish accent. Interestingly, this leads to the entry for the word greedily, which actually predates greed, and whose origin depends entirely upon Continue reading