Chanticleer's Downfall

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“The Nun’s Priest’s Tale Excerpt” Throughout the times of Chaucer’s works in the late Middle Ages, it was nearly impossible to move among classes in society; nobility always reigning over the peasants. However, both the noble and lower classes appreciated Chaucer’s fables. Because of this, he was able to draw insight from both spectrums of societies from an omniscient perspective. The myriads of characters that he uses in his tales are often representative of distinctive characteristics that only exist in specific societal classes. Despite being a commoner, he was able to understand basic human nature that was not visible to general public’s eyes. In Chaucer’s, “The Nun’s Priest’s Tale,” he plays on the themes of pride, fortune, and the relationship between man and woman to poke fun at how easy it was for man to be deceived by women. At the start of this excerpt, we see Chanticleer telling his mistress’ “That from this vision I have cause to fear.” However it comes apparent by the end of the passage that Chanticleer had been overcome by pride, had cast away his vision, and with it, his “fears he did discard.” The way Chanticleer starts off preaching to his wives about heeding bad dreams and shortly thereafter contradicting himself goes to show how instantaneous one’s feelings may change by being swallowed up by pride. Chaucer uses this rapid change in ideology to make fun of him. Chanticleer taking too much pride in his woman Pertolete shows another example that is apparent in this selection. He says “let us speak of mirth and stop all of this; For when I see the beauty of your face, […] It makes my dreadfull terror wholly die.” The word mirth alone lends itself to the fact that Chanticleer is belittling the situation. Chaucer makes fun of Chanticleer when he tells Pertolete that all of his dreads vanish before her beautiful figure. Chaucer uses the pedestal
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