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In the poem The Nuns Priests Tale Geoffrey Chaucer describes the main characters playing roles that they would never take in reality The story focuses around Chanticleer the rooster Pertelote his wife or companion and the fox that tries to kill Pertelote Each character has their own distinctive personality that they often times use as a tool to get what they want or secretly control a situation At many times selfishness overcomes a character and steps are taken to improve the situation for themselves rather than the one who has the real problem In the end there was not one character that got any advantage or reward out of manipulating a situation The first unrealistic character is Chanticleer In the story he plays the role of the man Normally the man is in charge of everything Things must go his way or things must change He is in submission to no one He will not be told what to do and he will do whatever he wants to do weather it pleases others or not But we find that in the story these descriptions couldnt be any further from Chanticleers true role and personality Chanticleer is a sorry excuse for the man In the beginning of the story he is having dreams of terrible things such as people dying awful deaths He soon realizes that everything he is dreaming comes true Now any other man would take advantage of the situation by warning the people who were in his dreams and explaining to them what he thinks may happen to them But Chanticleer does not do this The first thing he does is go to his wife Pertelote to ask her for advice She would rather not waste her time on petty things such as dreams so she simply blows him off and suggests that he take herbs to make the dreams go away So of course he does what his wife tells him
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