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The Canterbury Tales
The Nun's/Priest's Tale
Author: Geoffrey Chaucher
Original Date of Publication: 1998
Setting: A small cottage by a little meadow
Narrator: Nun/Priest


The Nun's Priest's Tale
This story is about a rooster named Chanticleer. He has a bad, ominous dream that he is going to die. His wife, however, does not believe he should be worried and tells him to take laxatives to clear his system. He decides to not worry and go on living like normal. Soon after a fox sneaks into their yard and startles him. He tells Chanticleer not to worry, and that he is a friend there to hear his wonderful singing. Chanticleer believes him, but when he closes his eyes to sing the fox grabs him. Members of the village hear the commotion and chase after him. Chanticleer suggests that the fox try and speak to scare them off. The trick works and the fox drops him, allowing Chanticleer to escape. The moral of this tale is, do not be persuaded by flattery.
Brief Plot Summary
Old widow- Owns Chanticleer, lives simple life
Two daughters- Helpers of their mom the old widow
Various Hens- Chanticleers "wives"
Chanticleer (a chicken)- Superstious, arrogant, egotistical (Cocky),
Pertelote- Not superstious, believes in medicines easing spirtual issues (like bad dreams), caring, loving
Sir Russel Fox- Cunning, quick, smart, but a little dull, minipulative
Characters
Falling for Flattery- Chanticleer listens and trusts the fox because the fox was flattering him to distract him.

Trust- Chanticleer trusts his wife when she tells him the dream means nothing which gets him killed in the end.

Hope- Hope the fox won’t kill Chanticleer.

Themes
Significant Quotes
”Rejoice, Behold the sun! The sun is up, my seven”(378-379)

“My dream undoubtedly foretells confusion, it bodes me ill, I say.” (332-333)

“Mulier est hominus confusio (A latin tag, dear madam, meaning this: “Woman is man’s delight and all his bliss”)” (344-346)

Conflicts
Symbols
Authors Style
Good versus evil- Chanticleer(good) is trusting the fox(evil) while he distracts him so the fox can eat him for dinner.
Light versus Dark- The rooster pen is bright and sunny whereas the forest is dark and ominous.

God- God is displayed in this novel by portraying the image that he is in the people’s lives considering that there is biblical references that show how the religion is taken seriously.
Foxes-Known to be cunning,sly and tricksters.

Allusions- references to the Bible or important literature from the past. The author uses Biblical allusions from the Book of Daniel and how the book is a manual for the people to live by.
Dramatic Irony- This passage uses Dramatic irony to describe Pertelote laying down for her bath. “More merrier in her dust-bath” (Chaucer 226).
Foreshadowing- The author foreshadows the fox eating the rooster in a dream.
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