17 December 2012
Response to "The Nun’s Priest’s Tale”
Geoffrey Chaucer was a fourteenth-century author of little origin. There isn’t much information on Chaucer. Almost nothing is known about Chaucer’s personal life and even less is known about his education. However, there are multiple documents about his professional life. His most famous work is the “Canterbury Tales.” “The Nun’s Priest’s Tale” is part of “The Canterbury Tales”, a collection of story written by Chaucer. “The Nun’s Priest’s Tale is an example of a mock-heroic. A mock-heroic takes trivial matters and presents them in the style of an epic. There are several characteristic to a mock-heroic. Humor is a very important part of a mock-heroic. This is because a mock-heroic takes simple matters and exaggerates them. In the case of “The Nun’s Priest’s Tale” a character has no lack of milk and bread (The Nun’s Priest’s Tale, 24).Normally this would not be worthy of writing about but being a mock-heroic, Chaucer is poking fun the life and circumstances of a wealthy person. Being a mock-heroic, “The Nun’s Priest’s Tale” is an example of a story within a story. It is part of a bigger collection known as the “Canterbury Tales.” The “Canterbury Tales” is presented as a storytelling contest between some pilgrims. The prize for this contest is a free meal at the inn they will return to. Chaucer uses the also collection of stories to depict an ironic picture of the English society at this point in history. Chaucer may have gained inspiration on the structure of the “Canterbury Tales” from a work of art known as “The Decameron” in 1372. Throughout the “Canterbury Tales” there has been detailed character development. This character development also adds another characteristic to a mock-heroic. This characteristic is length. It provides insight on who the characters are as well as making the work longer. This ranges from the ideal Christian Parson to the corrupt...
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