There are arguments that would support that each tale is equally powerful, but I believe that although I personally prefer the story of Chanticleer, the rooster, it is probably the tale of the three drunkards who go looking for Death that has more of an impact.
The host upholds the knight's complaint and orders the monk to change his story. The monk refuses, saying he has no lust to pleye, and so the Host calls on the Nun's Priest to give the next tale. There is no substantial depiction of this character in Chaucer's General Prologuebut in the tale's epilogue the Host is moved to give a highly approving portrait which highlights his great physical strength and presence.
The fable concerns a world of talking animals who reflect both human perception and fallacy.
Its protagonist is Chauntecleer, a proud cock rooster who dreams of his approaching doom in the form of a fox. Frightened, he awakens Pertelote, the chief favourite among his seven wives. She assures him that he only suffers from indigestion and chides him for paying heed to a simple dream.
Chauntecleer recounts stories of prophets who foresaw their deaths, dreams that came true, and dreams that were more profound for instance, Cicero's account of the Dream of Scipio. Chauntecleer is comforted and proceeds to greet a new day. Unfortunately for Chauntecleer, his own dream was also correct.
A col-fox, ful of sly iniquitee linewho had previously tricked Chauntecleer's father and mother to their downfall, lies in wait for him in a bed of wortes. A Victorian stained glass window by Clement James Heaton When Chauntecleer spots this daun Russell line the fox plays to his prey's inflated ego and overcomes the cock's instinct to escape by insisting he would love to hear Chauntecleer crow just as his amazing father did, standing on tiptoe with neck outstretched and eyes closed.
When the cock does so, he is promptly snatched from the yard in the fox's jaws and slung over his back. As the fox flees through the forest, with the entire barnyard giving chase, the captured Chauntecleer suggests that he should pause to tell his pursuers to give up.
The predator's own pride is now his undoing: The fox tries in vain to convince the wary rooster of his repentance; it now prefers the safety of the tree and refuses to fall for the same trick a second time.
The Nun's Priest elaborates his slender tale with epic parallels drawn from ancient history and chivalry and spins it out with many an excursusgiving a display of learning which, in the context of the story and its characters, can only be comic and ironic.
It concludes by admonishing the audience to be careful of reckless decisions and of truste on flaterye. Adaptations[ edit ] Robert Henryson used Chaucer's tale as a source for his Taill of Schir Chanticleir and the Foxethe third poem in his Morall Fabillis of Esope the Phrygiancomposed in or around the s.
Later, the poet John Dryden adapted the tale into more comprehensible modern language under the title of The Cock and the Fox Inthe playwright Dougie Blaxland wrote a comic verse play Chauntecleer and Pertelotte, roughly based on the Nun's Priest's Tale.
Another illustrated edition of the tale won the Kerlan Award. The Nun's Priest's Tale section was excluded from the original Broadway production, though reinstated in the US tour.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. A poor widow, somedeal y-stept in age, Was whilom dwelling in a poor cottage, Beside a grove, standing in a dale.
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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.
In my opinion, both "The Pardoner's Tale" and "The Nun's Priest's Tale" are very effective in providing a moralistic message to the audience of pilgrims gathered to listen. The Nun's Priest's Tale is one of Chaucer's most brilliant tales, and it functions on several levels. The tale is an outstanding example of the literary style known as a bestiary (or a beast fable) in which animals behave like human beings.