Which of the following lines best presents the dominant moral of "the monk's tale"?
a. he was a soldier with a manly heart / so dear to him was honest decency
b. thus fortune with a light / turn of her wheel brings men from joy to sorrow.
c. he swore to sin no more, until the hour / of death when at last he was interred, / he recognized god's mercy and his power.
d. and then he saw that of his own perdition / he was sole author and he fled away.
The correct answer is B. Thus Fortune with a light / Turn of her wheel brings men from joy to sorrow.
The Monk's Tale is a bit different from all other plays in the Canterbury Tales - it is rather a collection of very short stories (17 of them) about various characters from literature and history who were played by Fortune. The moral of his story is that fate is fickle, and that you cannot control it. Your destiny decides what will happen to you, and there's nothing you can do about it.
Because the point of the Monk's tale is that fortune is fickle, one day you are the luckiest man alive, the next you lose everything and you die.
B. Thus Fortune with a light / Turn of her wheel brings men from joy to sorrow.
The Monk's Tale is a set of 17 short stories and it is part of the "Canterbury Tales" by Geoffrey Chaucer. The moral of his story, as it is seen in these lines, is that fate is random and impossible to control. Your destiny is fixed and no matter what you do you do not decide what will happen in your life.
i suggest it is anadiplosis