The Monk’s Tale
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Like Troilus and Criseyde, the Monk's Tale is one of Chaucer's explorations of the genre of tragedy as thought of in his time. By the Monk's definition of tragedy at the beginning of his tale, it sounds like the audience is in for a long bout of repetitive gloom, but, in fact, the Monk presents a quite varied view of the workings of the goddess Fortuna as well as the varying choices of mankind that lead to tragic endings. One of the two interrupted tales out of the six in Fragment VII of the Canterbury Tales.

Recorded at Western Michigan University in association with the 36th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo. May 2001
Readers: Alan T. Gaylord
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