With regard to Chaucer's "The Nun's Priest's Tale," in The Canterbury Tales, how does the human and beastly intersect in Chaunticleer?
The story related uses animals; it is a moralistic tale—there is a lesson to be learned, but the storyteller uses less sermonizing and more tale-telling to get his point across without sounding "preachy."
The human side of the animals is seen with Chanticleer, the rooster. He is owned by a poor widow—a woman who struggles to run a farm with her children. She is a good person who works hard, whle caring also for two daughters and farm.
Chanticleer is admired for his wonderful voice; he has a bevy of hens (his "wives"). Like a man, his "sin" is pride and arrogance. It is this shortcoming that leads Chanticleer to his near demise because he gives in to flattery, but he is also...
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