The Canterbury Tales


The Monk's Tale

The Host asks the Monk for a merry tale, repeating his request for an upbeat story. Like the other pilgrims who have ignored the Host’s request, the Monk tells a series of tragedies. The tragedies all focus on the role that fortune and luck play in his life. The stories feature people or figures who were favored and then fell from grace, including Biblical figures like Adam, Samson, and Lucifer, as well as other famous figures like Hercules and Nero. It is difficult to see the point of the Monk’s stories. They suggest that wealth and power are no guarantee of a good life.

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