Analysis Of The Miller's Tale By Geoffrey Chaucer

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One of today's leading choices of entertainment is talk shows. Leading the rest is Jerry Springer. A man much more entertaining that never received ratings for his work was Geoffrey Chaucer. His stories of Midevil life in England bring far more surprise to an audience than any of Springer's guests. His story The Miller's Tale was extremely captivating and funny. In the prologue, there is a drunken miller and he is the one who tells the story. Other people try to tell the miller to stop, as he has had too much to drink, but he guarantees that this is a story that needs to be told. In the prologue, the miller calls himself a cuckold, meaning an old fool whose wife cheats on him. In this manner, he seems to imply that he may be the carpenter from the story. He states that his story is meant to warn other men not to befall the same fate. The miller starts off giving the setting of the tale. The carpenter rents a room to the young scholar Nicholas. "A poor scholar was lodging with him there..." During this time, peasants did not…show more content…
I dare well say, if she had been a mouse And he a cat, he would have mauled her some." The miller describes Absolom a cheery fellow that frequents the town's bars, but also, again describing his noble-like behavior, describes him as squeamish around the bar-like behavior. Once falling for Abigail, Absolom swears he will forever be her page and immediately takes up trying to woo her. He sings to her nightly underneath her bedroom window. Even the carpenter is awakened by his singing. When the carpenter asks his wife if she hears Absolom's song she replies: "Yes, God knows, John, I bear it, truth to tell." In courtly love, marriage does not stop a lover from wooing his beloved. Absalom sings, sends her presents, and much more, but to no avail. She is in love with Nicholas. She simply uses Absolom for the gifts and Nicholas receives all of her

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