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Geoffrey Chaucer 1340-1400 was a court poet for Edward III and Richard II This meant that he was writing for the Aristocracy an educated audience Because of this Chaucers fables have references to educated sources The Nuns Priests Tale from The Canterbury Tales starts off with some philosophy about free choice Chaucer implies that is there such a thing as free will or has God got everything pre-ordained This is even on the level of a cockerel eating worms with his seven hens The next example of Chaucers education comes when in The Nuns Priests Tale he produces a subtle attack on the reliability of women He quotes a Norse proverb that roughly means Womens advice is often flawed he also says that Eve got Adam kicked out of Eden because of her advice This shows that Chaucer is an educated man having made reference to philosophical text and the Bible At the end of this paragraph Chaucer claims that he does not mean it he is only joking Thise been the cokkes wordes nat myne I kan noon harm of no woman divyne It seems that he is just trying to get out of an opinion that may offend Phisiologous is a book or the author of this book about many animals and precious stones and their religious overtones this book is mentioned in the next paragraph This scientific text adds another discipline to the list of his educational references Angela Carter is a modern-day fable writer whose techniques differ greatly to those of Chaucer The main difference is that her fables are very offensive where Chaucers stories contain subtle attacks and then covering up Carters stories contain sex murder necrophilia dark ideas and a lot of horror Also Chaucers stories have happy endings and Carters tales do not The similarity between the tales is that they all contain anthropomorphism but it ends there Chaucers characters are actually animals Carter however does not
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