Subject The Canterbury Tales: The Nun・
Posted by Grace
Posted on Mon May 6 22:29:39 2002
From IP  

I think this is also a fable. It tries to warn men: a. don・t trust woman too much. b. don・t believe in any flattery. c. watch out for what comes through your mouth (try to be silent) Except for those lessons above, I have an idea about the genders・ position in the society again. Certainly the society puts lost of limitation on women, but I really think men have a heavy burden either. Men are expected to be smart and strong; they have to be smart enough to handle any conditions and be strong enough to defeat enemies. They are not allowed to have fear, except for God・s great power. When Chantecleer shares his fear with his favorite wife, Lady Pertelote, his honesty returns in despite. He has to fight for his reputation even in front of his own wives. So he lists lots of evidence about the ancient wise men, who also thinks dreams sometimes are true.
  Here I think Chaucer plays a trick on creating the role of fox. The fox just acts like human beings. It uses sweet words to cheat the chicken. In fact, I think these animals are presenting part of human natures---the negative sides. We are easily flattered, and put our trust upon someone who is not trustworthy. Chaucer uses these animals to point out this, also uses them to mock at human beings. Mostly we think we are superior than other creatures, and this attitude sometimes makes us too proud. We choose to close our eyes and refuse to see any unfortunate signs. I guess when Chaucer observes those upper class men, he indeed finds this unnecessary pride.

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