What is the genre of each of the tales within "The Canterbury Tales"?
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Here is a list of genres within The Canterbury Tales and the tales that fit into each one. Some tales may fit into more than one genre.
Romances: Knight, Squire, Franklin, Sir Topas, and possibly Wife of Bath
Fabliaux (short comic tales centered around the playing of a trick; usually contain elements of violence, farce, blasphemy, sexual activity and coarse language): Miller, Reeve, Shipman, Merchant, Cook, possibly Summoner
Satire: Summoner, Friar
Folk tale: Wife of Bath
Sermon (or Exemplum): Wife of Bath, Pardoner, Canon's Yeoman, Parson, Friar
Saints' Lives: Prioress, Second Nun, Clerk, Man of Law, Physician
Epic: Knight's tale
Fairy Romance: Sir Topas, possibly Wife of Bath
Breton Lay (a form of romance story that came out of Celtic oral performance; usually concerned with issues of personal worth and fidelity in relationships): Franklin
Didactic Treatises: Parson, possibly Physician, Man of Law, and Clerk
Beast Fable: Manciple, Nun's Priest
Courtly Love: Squire
Some categorize the Monk's tale as a "Fall of Great Men" story and the Man of Law's tale as a "Woman in a Boat" story.
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