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The Miller's Tale

If there is a message in "The Miller's Tale" regarding marriage, it would appear to be that a significant age gap between husband and wife can often cause serious problems. The comely Alison is...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2019, 6:57 am (UTC)

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The most prominent lesson of "The Miller's Tale" instructs men to marry women their own age. This become clear from the beginning, when the Miller describes the Carpenter’s wife, who is only...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2021, 2:25 pm (UTC)

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The sources of humor in "The Miller's Tale" are bawdy, farcical, borderline scatological, and slapstick. We remember that the Miller has been drinking and that this colors his tale. His story...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2017, 7:14 pm (UTC)

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The miller is struggling to stay in his saddle as he rides alongside the company of pilgrims because, as the narrator says, he is pale with drunkenness, which is making it difficult for him to stay...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2018, 10:21 am (UTC)

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Although I am a bit confused as to what you mean by "the narrator," I am going to assume you mean "the host" of The Canterbury Tales (who travels along beside the pilgrims and urges them to tell...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2009, 9:31 am (UTC)

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The so-called carnivalesque is an element of medieval literature identified and popularized by the Russian scholar Bakhtin. He related it to the "feast of fools" tradition which was popular in the...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2021, 2:46 pm (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2020, 12:08 pm (UTC)

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Alisoun, the young adulterous wife in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Miller’s Tale seems to be the subject of Chaucer’s comic satire. She is a satirical target because both her behavior in general and her...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2011, 2:39 am (UTC)

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In verse, the word caesura refers to a break or pause in a poetic line that is caused by natural rhythms of speech instead of by the poem's meter. These caesurae (the plural of caesura) can occur...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2018, 10:08 pm (UTC)

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"The Miller's Tale" is a wonderfully bawdy comic creation, featuring naked bottoms, wind breaking, and an adulterous liaison. It also provides another take on the subject of marriage extensively...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2017, 6:52 am (UTC)

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Alison is the only female figure in "The Miller's Tale" by Geoffrey Chaucer, and she is surrounded by three male characters. John is Alison's husband. He is a carpenter and a rather naive,...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2014, 4:18 am (UTC)

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In the Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, Miller is the second one to narrate the tale (after the Knight). In his tale, there is a poor, old carpenter named John who lives in Oxford with his...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2012, 7:31 pm (UTC)

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As the previous person suggested, the conversation is between Nicholas, the boarder, and John, the homeowner and old husband to the young and beautiful Allsion. The plot is correct in which...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2010, 12:47 am (UTC)

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There’s not much mystery to the manner Geoffrey Chaucer adopted in describing the woman at the center of The Miller’s Tale. On the contrary, very early in his story, Chaucer provides physical...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2015, 2:33 am (UTC)

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Near the end of the “General Prologue” to Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, the host establishes a kind of governance to determine how and by whom the tales will be told. Each of the...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2011, 1:53 pm (UTC)

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The plot of The Miller's tale is a hilarious lovers triangle between Alsion, her boarder Nicholas and a parish clerk named Absalom. The plot is further complicated by the presence of Alison's...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2007, 7:00 am (UTC)

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In Chaucer's "The Miller's Tale," from The Canterbury Tales, the author presents a story that would have been very entertaining to his modern day audience. “The Miller’s Tale” is an outstanding...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2011, 8:58 am (UTC)

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In Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, every pilgrim is expected to tell a tale each night after dinner in order to pass the time. "The Miller's Tale" is a bawdy (vulgar) tale about a jealous carpenter...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2013, 4:49 am (UTC)

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It would be difficult to conclude that all of the characters in Chaucer’s The Miller’s Tale “get what’s coming to them.” Certainly, the two suitors for the carpenter’s wife, Alison, pay a price,...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2015, 1:16 am (UTC)

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Geoffrey Chaucer uses humor frequently and in numerous ways to make social criticisms in his poem titled The Canterbury Tales. One of the tales, the one associated with the Miller, is especially...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2012, 8:26 pm (UTC)

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In telling his bawdy tale, the Miller pokes fun at the conventions of courtly love. The Knight has just told his classic tale of courtly love, and the drunken Miller is in no mood to follow suit....

Latest answer posted March 4, 2020, 8:05 am (UTC)

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In the prologue of the Miller's tale, the Monk steps up to match the Knight's tale. As he begins, the drunk Miller interrupts the Knight and promises to tell a tale that will be as good as the...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2020, 2:16 am (UTC)

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"The Miller's Tale" in The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer has four core characters: the carpenter, Alison, Nicholas, and Absalom. This is important to add here because they are all connected through...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2020, 9:19 pm (UTC)

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Sexual promiscuity among young women was officially condemned far more in the fourteenth century than it is today. In the fourteenth century in England, Roman Catholicism was not only the official...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2011, 1:30 pm (UTC)

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The Knight has just finished his tale, a tale of chivalry and love that reflects his noble station and romantic self-image. The Monk is selected to follow up with his tale, but the Miller, much...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2019, 1:40 am (UTC)

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Chaos or disorder is an important theme in Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Miller’s Tale,” and such chaos is emphasized through Chaucer’s heavily ironic style. Sometimes the chaos described in this tale is...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2012, 2:05 pm (UTC)

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The medieval audience this story was written for would have been better able to appreciate the humor in the context of that era, and perhaps a more "rustic" life allowed for certain behaviors to be...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2011, 10:10 am (UTC)

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(continued from previous post)...Alison, who is married to John (a carpenter), with Nicholas, a young student. Things get complicated because Absalom, another man, is also obsessed with Alison and...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2007, 8:12 pm (UTC)

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Both men are part of the working class. Mak steals sheep from the other shepherds (considered a bad enough offense to get one hanged during the middle ages) and tries to mess with other people for...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2019, 8:13 pm (UTC)

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"The Miller's Tale" is largely a reaction to the tale before it, "The Knight's Tale." "The Knight's Tale" is a chivalric romance depicting a love triangle between a fair princess and two knights....

Latest answer posted April 1, 2020, 12:09 pm (UTC)

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Nicholas and eighteen-year-old Alisoun devise a scheme to get away from her overly watchful, elderly husband, John (a carpenter), through an ingenious story. Nicholas, an astrologer, pretends that...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2020, 7:42 pm (UTC)

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