What is the main theme of "The Nun's Priest's Tale" in The Canterbury Tales? Discuss it with examples from the text.

The main theme in Chaucer's "The Nun's Priest's Tale" is pride. Chanticleer is a proud rooster whose pride almost costs him his life. Pertelote is a proud hen whose pride keeps her from recognizing the warning in a dream. The fox, too, is proud, and while he catches Chanticleer by playing on the rooster's pride, he loses the bird through his own desire to boast.

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Chaucer's "Nun's Priest's Tale" relates the adventures (and misadventures) of the proud rooster Chanticleer. The key word here is “proud,” for the main theme of the tale is pride. Chanticleer is a fine rooster, and he knows it well. His crowing is inferior to none, and he is always right on time. “His coomb was redder than the fyn coral,” and his beak is a shiny black. The noble bird struts through the barnyard like he owns the place, basking in the attention of his seven wives, including the beautiful Pertelote. Life is good for this proud rooster ... until one night, he has a dream.

It is a horrible dream, for in it, a red, dog-like creature stalks Chanticleer. He wakes with a yelp, and Pertelote asks him what is the matter. He describes the dream to her, and he is clearly shaken with fear. Chanticleer's pride takes its first hit, for Pertelote (with a good bit of pride of her own) scolds him roundly for being afraid of a mere dream. They engage in a long conversation in which...

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