The Canterbury tales prologue: riassunto

Canterbury tales prologue: riassunto in inglese del prologo e delle varie storie raccontate dai personaggi ne "The Canterbury tales" di Geoffrey Chaucer (2 pagine formato doc)

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The Canterbury tales di Geoffrey Chaucer.

General Prologue. At the Tabard Inn, a tavern in Southwark, near London, the narrator joins a company of twenty-nine pilgrims. The pilgrims, like the narrator, are travelling to the shrine of the martyr Thomas Becket, in Canterbury. The narrator gives a descriptive account of twenty-seven of these pilgrims, including a Knight, Squire, Yeoman, Prioress, Monk, Friar, Merchant, Clerk, Man of Law, Franklin, Haberdasher, Carpenter, Weaver, Dyer, Tapster, Cook, Shipman, Doctor of Physic, Wife, Parson, Plowman, Miller, Manciple, Reeve, Summoner, Pardoner, and Host. (He does not describe the Second Nun or the Nun's Priest, although both characters appear later on in the book.) The Host, whose name, we find out in the Prologue to the Cook's Tale, is Harry Bailey, suggests that the group ride together and entertain one another with stories.

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He decides that each pilgrim will tell two stories on the way to Canterbury and two on the way back.

To whomever he judges to be the best storyteller, Bailey will give a free meal at his tavern. The pilgrims draw lots and determine that the Knight will tell the first tale.
The Knight's Tale
Theseus, king of Athens, imprisons Arcite and Palamon, two knights from Thebes (another city in ancient Greece). From their prison, the knights see and fall in love with Theseus's sister-in-law, Emily. Through the intervention of a friend, Arcite is freed, but banished from Athens. He returns in disguise and becomes a page in Emelye's chamber. Palamon escapes from prison and the two meet and fight over Emily. Theseus apprehends them and arranges a tournament between the two knights and their allies, with Emily as the prize. Arcite wins, but is accidentally thrown from his horse and dies. Palamon marries Emily.
The Nun's Priest's Prologue, Tale, and Epilogue
After seventeen noble "falls" narrated by the Monk, the Knight interrupts, and the Host calls upon the Nun's Priest to deliver something more lively. The Nun's Priest tells of Chanticleer the Rooster, who is carried off by a flattering fox who tricks him into closing his eyes and displaying his crowing abilities. Chanticleer turns the tables on the fox by persuading him to open his mouth and taunt the barnyard about his feat, upon which Chanticleer falls out of the fox's mouth and escapes. The Host praises the Nun's Priest's tale, adding that if the Priest wasn't in holy orders, he would be as sexually potent as Chanticleer.

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The Pardoner's Introduction, Prologue, and Tale
The Host is dismayed by the tragic injustice of the Physician's Tale, and tells the Pardoner to tell something merry. The other pilgrims contradict the Host, demanding a moral tale, which the Pardoner agrees to tell after he eats and drinks. The Pardoner tells the company how he cheats people out of their money by preaching that money is the root of all evil. His tale describes three riotous youths who go looking for Death, thinking that they can kill him. An old man tells them that they will find death under a tree. Instead, they find eight bags of gold, which they plot to sneak into town under cover of darkness.