What is the main theme of the 'Nonne Preestes Tale'?Discuss with explanation from the text.

sayantanis | Student

The poem is in the form of an animal fable which has many underlying themes in it. Though all the themes link them with a central theme, yet all of them are very important. Different characters in the fable reflects different attributes,which serves as a theme to the story. The main theme is a reflection on flattery and its consequences. Other than that the minor themes that it deals with are,the medico-scientific view of dreams compared with superstition, destiny which is inescapable and sudden turn of fortunes.

The Fox and the Rooster serves as the mirror to the reflection of flattery and its adverseries.The dream that Chauntecleer sees and as interpreted by Pertelote tells us about the conflict between science and superstition at that time. Finally destiny which is sudden and inescapable is reflected by the capture of Chauntecleer and then through his tactful escape for Russel(the fox).

The themes serves as morals to the listeners. It advices them and also informs them about the good, bad and the inescapable.

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The Canterbury Tales

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