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Chaucers Canterbury Tales

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The Canterbury Tales is a great assortment of stories written by Geoffrey Chaucer. Each individual story is told by a pilgrim from the voyage to Canterbury. “The Prioress’ Tale” was a Miracle of the Virgin story, told by the Prioress. Another tale is “The Nun’s Priest’s Tale” which is a Beast Fable. Then there is “The Pardoner’s Tale”, which is an Exemplum. The genres of The Canterbury Tales help shape the entire story.
In “The Prioress’ Tale”, the Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus, miraculously aids a follower in the time of need, which is also known as a Miracle of the Virgin tale. A few quotes from the tale support this, one is the following: “Where he lay face upright with throat slit, began to sing ‘Alma Redemptoris’ so loud, that all the place began to ring” (Chaucer 291). The little boy’s throat had been slit, but since the Virgin Mary had placed the grain on his tongue, he was still able to sing until the grain was taken away. Since the story shows the miracles that can happen when a follower is in the time of need, and how the Virgin Mary guides the follower, it proves that “The Prioress’ Tale” is a Miracle of the Virgin.
An Allegory “is the representation of ideas or moral principles by means of symbolic characters, events, or objects” (Stein 150). The little boy in the story is compared to Jesus, the son of the Virgin Mary. Throughout “The Prioress’ Tale,” she tells of the Jews and uses a allegory, and compares Jesus’ death to the little boy’s.
“My throat is cut to my neck-bone,” said this child, “and according to nature, I should have died, yes, a long while ago; But Jesus Christ, as you find in books, wills that His glory endure and be remembered; and, for the majesty of His Mother dear, yet may I sing ‘o Alma’ loud and clear” (Chaucer 294).
“The Nun’s Priest’s Tale” is a Beast Fable, or when “animals are given human qualities and are involved in clever tales that preach a moral lesson” (The Center for Learning 31). In the tale, Chanticleer is a rooster who is given human characteristics. He talks throughout the story, showing his human like features. “Here men may see that dreams are to be feared” (Chaucer 316). The entire tale tells the story of Chanticleer and his seven wives.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the canterbury tales is a great assortment of stories written by geoffrey chaucer.
  • Explains that "the prioress' tale" shows the miracles that can happen when a follower is in the time of need.
  • Explains that an allegory is the representation of ideas or moral principles by means of symbolic characters, events, or objects. the little boy is compared to jesus, the son of the virgin mary.
  • Opines that jesus christ, as you find in books, wills that his glory endure and be remembered; and, for the majesty of his mother, may i sing ‘o alma’ loud and clear.
  • Analyzes how "the nun's priest’s tale" is a beast fable, or when animals are given human qualities and are involved in clever tales that preach moral lessons. it shows how you shouldn't be fooled twice.
  • Explains that personification is the giving of human qualities to objects, ideas, or animals, by showing them in situations, and conversations that humans can normally have.
  • Explains that "the pardoner's tale" is an exemplum because it shows the punishments, and what happens when you are greedy or go against what you say and are a hypocrite.
  • Opines that if you are eager to find death, turn up this crooked path, for he will remain under a tree. he won’t go into hiding because of your boast.
  • Analyzes how "the pardoner's tale" tells of greed, and how it eventually leads to death. the old man sends the three men to a tree where the treasure is.
  • Analyzes how the pardoner preaches against avarice, and commits this sin himself. he gets money from people as they confess their sins to him.
  • Opines that avarice and cursedness are all their preaching, to make them liberal to give their pennies, and especially to me.
  • Explains that the canterbury tales has a great variety of different genres throughout all the individual stories.
  • Cites chaucer, geoffrey, "the nun’s priest's tale." the canterbury tales (selected).
  • Explains chaucer's "the prioress' tale." the canterbury tales (selected).
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