The Canterbury Tales

list 3 characteristics of the Nun and what details does chaucer include in his description of the Nun to make gentle fun of her?


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The nun or "Prioress" attempts to look dainty. She does things like sing through her nose and eating carefully to look like a proper lady. At the same time she feeds raw flesh to her dogs. There is a paradox here or rather the Nun is putting on an act to seem something she actually isn't. She is a rather large woman in girth and Chaucer has some fun with this at her expense. I think much humour is mined by Chaucer out of the Nun's attempts to appear like a dainty courtly woman even though she is not.