The Nun’s Priest’s Tale By: David Awuah RitchelYeboah Ariz Rivera Fiona Stubbs Sabrina White
Historical background The Nun’s Priest Tale • The Canterbury tales is a collection of stories by Geoffrey Chaucer • It was written in middle english • The tale immediate sources are Marie de France’s Del cok e del gupil. Beast-epics Roman de Renart and Renart le Contrefait. • The story is a fable • Composed in 1390’s
Summary The Nun’s Priest Tale • A poor, elderly widow lives a simple life in a cottage with her two daughters • Her few possessions include, three cows, a sheep, and some chickens. • One chicken, named Chanticleer, which in French means “sings clearly.” • Chanticleer has many hen-wives but he loves a hen named Pertelote • Chanticleer has a terrible nightmare about an orange hound like beast who threatens to kill him while he is in the yard • Told Pertelote but she didn’t believe him • In order to convince her that his dream was important, he tells the stories of men who dreamed of murder and then discovered it • Chanticleer notices the fox while watching a butterfly, and the fox confronts him with dissimulating courtesy, telling the rooster not to be afraid. Chanticleer relishes the fox’s flattery of his singing. • The fox reaches out and grabs Chanticleer by the throat, and then slinks away with him back toward the woods. No one is around to witness what has happened. • Later on found Chanticleer Alive and he learned never to trust anyone like the fox again.
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Rhetorical Devices The Nun’s Priest Tale • Imagery : • “ The cock broke nimbly from the fox’s jaws and immediately flew high up in the trees “ • “ Of arrows or of fire that flaming red” • Alliteration : • “Big Black Bears” • “By blood and bone” • “Sorrow so Severe” • Metaphors: • “His voice was merrier than the play of the church’s organ” • “And surer was his crowing than a clock” • Diction • “sooty “ • “thriftily” • “temperate” • Personification • “ The goat did not stop dancing on her part” • “ “The Sun,” he said, “has climbed the heavens” “
Moral Lesson The Nun’s Priest Tale • The moral of the story, concludes the Nun’s Priest, is never to trust a flatterer.