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In Geoffrey Chaucers The Nuns Priests Tale human characters contrast with the animal characters Called a beast fable the animals in the tale take on human characteristics Although all of the characters - the widow Chaunticleer Pertelote and the fox - are all relatively human they are far different from each other What is especially interesting is the way Chaunticleer and Pertelote interact with each other The two characters though they are poultry illustrate the comical and typical relationship of a long-married couple Combined all of the differences of the characters make for interesting representations and interactions The widow is a model of her estate The description of her habits contrasts the simplicity of the human character with her barnyard animals pretentiousness Her simple life includes humble activities tending her animals and plain food slender meals unembellished by poignant sauces Line 13-14 Her avoidance of excess food and drink contrasts with the dietary excess of which Pertelote will accuse Chaunticleer later Similarly the widows humility contrasts with Chaunticleers haughtiness Roosters announce the arrival of morning Chaucer inflates his rooster by attributing to him specific knowledge of the astrological forces governing the rotation of the planets After considering these factors he crows Chaunticleer is superior in other ways to his unassuming owner Not only is he a well-informed rooster but he is a handsome one Described in terms of the bright colors medieval people associated with royalty his appearance was regal red black blue white and gold Besides being intelligent and handsome he is successful in love among his wives all Line 62 He leads a comfortable life with a harem of seven hens his primary spouse being the most colorful among them the fair damsel Pertelote Line 50 In medieval romance the best knight gets the most beautiful woman When Chaucer employs the romance term damsel to describe Pertelote he enhances Chaunticleers status too If Pertelote is a courtly lady courteousdiscreet and debonair Line 51
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