How does the tale differ from a medieval romance such as Sir Gawain and the Green Knight? How does it parody romance conventions?

"The Miller's Tale" differs from medieval romances such as Sir Gawain and the Green Knight in how it is amoral rather than moral. It parodies the spiritual pretensions of courtly love by focusing on earthly lust.

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Following "The Knight's Tale," which is a standard example of courtly romance, "The Miller's Tale" is meant to be a reaction to medieval romance stories in the vein of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Like any chivalric romance story, it features men striving for the favor of a woman. Unlike chivalric romance, the men are made to look like buffoons, with good not triumphing in the end.

Men might have moments of weakness in "The Knight's Tale" or Gawain , such as when Palamon and Arcite fight over the love...

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