Chaucer Nun's Priest's Tale Essay

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    The Hidden Meaning of The Nun's Priest's Tale      It has been suggested that a "Chaucer tale exploits the nature of its genre but also draws attention to the ideological biases and exclusions inherent in the genre"2. In my opinion The Nun's Priest's Tale is a wonderful example of Chaucer testing the bounds of his chosen genre - in this case the beast fable. What is a beast fable? Obviously a tale about animals, but one where "animals are used as embodiments or caricatures of human virtues

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    feel that this comment is extremely justified. Chaucer with the use of a beast fable has helped to elevate what would be considered a conventionally boring set of animals, and turn them into portrayals of human beings. As a cock he may have came from the same batch of eggs as his hens, but as poultry it would not matter whether chauntecleer mates with his sisters. However some critics suggest the introduction of the human concept of love, allows Chaucer to make an indiscriminate joke about the behaviour

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    in both the Nun’s Priest’s Tale and Flush, the moral extracted from the text comes to be more interpretive previously was the case in Henryson’s work. Henryson presented short, simple stories that explicitly told you what the purpose of the story was, giving you the meaning that he wanted you to take. As J. Allan Mitchell stated “medieval exemplary narratives serve as guide to personal deliberation and action” (3). Identically to Henryson, Chaucer at the end of the Nun’s Priest’s Tale gives a moral

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    Pardoners Tale and The Nun's Priest's Tale   Irony is the general name given to literary techniques that involve surprising, interesting,or amusing contradictions. 1  Two stories that serve as excellent demonstrations of irony are "The Pardoners Tale" and " The Nun's Priest's Tale," both from Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. Although these two stories are very different, they both use irony to teach a lesson.         Of the stories, "The Pardoners Tale" displays

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    communication. This often led to variations in similar fables that many authors would then write out. Robert Henryson, the successor to Geoffrey Chaucer, wrote a comparable version of Chaucer’s The Nun’s Priest’s Tale called The Cock and The Fox. Although there are vast comparisons such as elaborate language, bestiary, and similar character development, each tale uses a different main action, has separate social aspects, and has variations to redirect towards the moral. Robert Henryson’s work is often

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    as to the character of the Nun’s Priest. Only in the prologue to his tale do we finally get a glimpse of who he might be, albeit rather obtusely. As Harry Bailey rather disparagingly remarks: “Telle us swich thyng as may oure hertes glade./Be blithe, though thou ryde upon a jade” (p.235, ll2811-2812). I say this cautiously because much criticism has surrounded the supposed character of the Nun’s Priest, his role in the tale, and his relationship to the Canterbury Tales as a whole. One example, in

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    of their tales, and they accept. Chaucer himself seems to be the voice of Bailey, who becomes the poem’s narrator.Though Bailey is not described, he has a particular speaking style that readers come to recognize. He serves as the observer of all the pilgrims and their tales. After the Monk has told his side of the story, the Knight tells them that no more tragedies be told. He asks that one of them tell a tale that is the opposite of anything upsetting, Harry tells the tale of the Nun’s Priest, the

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    In The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, the life of the nobility compared to that of the poor proves to be a much harder life to live because of the many obligations and responsibilities. Chaucer ironically portrays this notion in The Nun’s Priest’s Tale, contrasting the easy life of the widow, who is poor, with Chanticleer, a rich rooster. The widow’s life is much easier because she does not have to worry about keeping up with the societal expectations of the rich. Whereas, Chanticleer, the

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    The Nun's Priest

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    Analysis of “The Nun’s Priest” The Nun’s Priest is an awkward story-teller who is used to suitors chasing him. On the journey, he tells a story about his vain rooster. In this story, Chanticleer has a dream that a fox-like beast was chasing him. His wife, Pertelote, tells him that dreams don’t hold any merit and that he just needs a laxative. That day, a fox convinces Chanticleer not to run from him by appealing to his vain nature, and captures him. Everyone begins to chase after the fox, who

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    Chaucer's "The Nun's Priest's Tale" is at once a fable, a tale of courtly love, and a satire mocking fables and courtly love traditions. To this end, Chaucer makes use of several stylistic techniques involving both framing and content. The tale begins and ends with "a poor widwe somdeel stape in age" (line 1), but the majority of the content involves not the widow but the animals on her farm, in particular an arrogant rooster name Chauntecleer. The first mention of the main character does not

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