Unformatted text preview: Setting: a cottage farmyard in April/May
Plot: The Nun’s Priest’s tale is about a rooster and his hens living on a poor widow’s
farm. The rooster’s name is Chanticleer (shan-dick-lee-ear/Mr. C) and he is a talented
rooster with a nice crowing ability. He has 7 hen wives but he loves Pertelote
(per-ta-low-t/Lady P) the most. One night, Chanticleer awakes from a bad dream. In the
dream he is attacked by a red, hound-like creature (fox). When he voices his concerns
to Pertelote, she asks him to behave more manly. He disagrees and starts talking about
a lot of other tragic tales based on their dreams. Pertelote convinces him to move on.
The following month, Chanticleer is walking in the yard admiring a butterfly, when he
spies a fox watching him. The fox speaks To chanticleer claiming to wish only to sit and
listen to chanticleers wonderful voice. The Fox praises both Chanticleer and his father
on their excellent singing abilities. Tricked by the flattery and bursting with pride,
Chanticleer closes his eyes and begins to sing. The Fox dashes forward, grabs
chanticleer in his mouth, and runs to the forest. Once Pertelote finds out what has
happened, she burns her feathers with grief, and a great wail arises from the henhouse.
The widow and her daughters hear the screeching and see the fox running away with
the rooster. Everyone starts chasing the fox. Chanticleer very cleverly suggests that the
fox turn out and brag about his clever scheme’s success. The fox opens his mouth and
Chanticleer flies out of the fox’s mouth and into a high tree. The fox tries to flatter the
bird into coming down, but Chanticleer has learned his lesson. He tells the fox that
flattery will work for him no more. The moral of the story, concludes the Nun’s Priest, is
never to trust a flatterer.
tale also satirizes the Church. For example, the Nun’s Priest tells a story about a
rooster that has seven wives, all of which are also his sisters. This satirizes the Church
because a priest is telling a story in which a character has polygamous (pa-le-ga-miss)
relationships; however, the Church only accepts monogamous (ma-na-ga-miss)
The Priest believes that women are the source of sin!!!
For example, when Chauntecleer has a nightmare about being attacked by a fox, he
believes that this dream is foretelling a future event. However Chauntecleer’s wife,
Pertelote, tells him that dreams are nothing but nonsense and are simply the result of
overeating. Listening to his wife’s advice, Chauntecleer disregards his dream, but is
later confronted by the fox that was present in his dream. Therefore, Chauntecleer is
ultimately attacked by the fox because he listened to his wife’s advice and ignored the
warning in his dream. note!!!! that Pertelote’s name translates from French as “one who confuses someone’s
fate.” As a result, Pertelote symbolizes/embodies confusion and the Priest believe
woman are the source of sin because Eve committed the first sin when she ate the
Comic Irony: Chanticleer and Pertelote discuss subjects of vast knowledge in a highle
intellectual and moral in the contect of being barnyard chickens.
Chickens are usually depicted to be cowardly creatures so the fact that Chanticleer is
the leader of all the animlas in the farm is ironic. ...
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- Winter '16
- Mr. Zarzicki