The Nun's Priest's Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer (Book Analysis)
The Nun’s Priest’s Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer (Book Analysis)
Detailed Summary, Analysis and Reading Guide
This practical and insightful reading guide offers a complete summary and analysis of The Nun’s Priest’s Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer. It provides a thorough exploration of the tale’s plot, characters and main themes, including the nature of dreams and the dangers of flattery. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time.
This clear and detailed 46-page reading guide is structured as follows:
- Biography of Geoffrey Chaucer
- Presentation of The Nun’s Priest’s Tale
- Summary of The Nun’s Priest’s Tale
- Character study
- Analysis of The Nun’s Priest’s Tale
- Genre and form
- Dream interpretation
- Flattery and pride
About The Nun’s Priest’s Tale
The Nun’s Priest’s Tale is set among a world of talking animals, including the rooster Chauntecleer, who appears to lead an idyllic life: he is renowned for his beautiful voice, and lives happily with his numerous wives, including his favorite, Pertelote. However, this domestic bliss is shattered when a fox named Russell lured him into his clutches by lavishing praise on his singing voice; there ensues a tense battle of wits between predator and prey as Chauntecleer attempts to make his escape.
About Geoffrey Chaucer
Geoffrey Chaucer was a courtier and diplomat in medieval England, who rose to occupy a relatively high position in the royal court in spite of his humble origins. He is best known as the author of The Canterbury Tales, a collection of fables presented as stories told by a group of pilgrims to entertain themselves on their journey. The Canterbury Tales are one of the oldest surviving examples of literature written in Middle English, and as such hold tremendous literary and cultural value. Indeed, Chaucer is credited with the popularisation of new vocabulary, which was often borrowed from Greek, Latin or Arabic, and as such can be said to have shaped the development of the English language itself.