|Posted on||Sun May 12 23:30:22 2002|
The Nun・s Priest・s Tale is a bit different from the previous two we read. Actually it is more like a fable that usually has animals as the main characters and teaches us a moral lesson at the end. The moral lesson in this tale is a saying from Saint Paul: ：All that・s written well is written down some useful truth to tell.； Before I come to this point, let me discuss the cock Chanticleer and his mistress Pertelote. Both of them resemble all human characteristics and they talk and think like men as well. From Pertelote・s reaction to Chanticleer・s fear of what he dreamed, we can see what her ideal husband should be like. She expects to have a husband who is hardy, wise, trustworthy, generous, etc. a husband should fear nothing and be able to protect his family. So Pertelote despises her husband・s cowardice and she thinks that it is nonsense to take a dream so seriously. Also she attributes the bad dream to visions generated by repletions and vapors and the body・s bad secretions of humors. Thus, she wants to find some herbs to cure him. Yet, see how Chanticleer proves him right. By enumerating several examples from books and the Old Testament, Chanticleer argues that dreams indeed show some significations and no man will be too careful with them. It is proved from these historical events that those who believe dreams are merely fantasies and japes do not have a good outcome.
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