Throughout the Canterbury Tales, various characters are introduced and tell a tale, each of which tells a different story. All of the tales are unique and address different issues. “The Miller’s Tale” is the second of the many stories and varies from all of the rest. As seen from the “General Prologue,” Chaucer clearly depicts the Miller as a crude, slobbish man who will say anything. This reputation is held true as the Miller drunkenly tells a story full of adultery and bickering. Despite the scandalous nature of “The Miller’s Tale,” the story also displays some of Chaucer’s prominent beliefs. As “The Miller’s Prologue” and “The Miller’s Tale” are told, it becomes evident that Chaucer is challenging the common roles and behaviors of women, and he is also questioning the effectiveness of social class.
Perhaps one of the most controversial pieces of writing during the Medieval Era was Geoffrey Chaucer’s revolutionary epic, The Canterbury Tales. This revolutionary work was not only groundbreaking for the topics discussed, but also the language that it was written in. Chaucer forever changed the landscape of literature by deliberately writing his work in English, which was the common vernacular of the time. This meant that reading literature was no longer just for the aristocrats and scholars. Chaucer, as the narrator, introduces the common man into the world of literature using the basic premise that a group of pilgrims is telling tales to pass the time during their journey from London to Canterbury. The third story, “The Reeve’s Tale,” offers
Geoffrey Chaucer wrote The Canterbury Tales in the late 1400s. By conceiving the idea of a pilgrimage to Canterbury in which each character strives to tell the best story, Chaucer cleverly reveals a particular social condition of England during the time. In this time period, the status, role, and attitudes towards women was clearly different from that of today. Two tales in Chaucer's collection specifically address this subject: the Miller's tale and the Reeve's tale. The interplay between the tales and characters further enhances the similar viewpoints these stories have towards women.
Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales is a fictional book about people who are going to Canterbury to receive the blessings of St. Thomas Becket. The Host suggests that to make a journey pleasant, every member has to tell a story and the person who tells the best story will get free dinner paid by the other members. The Host decides to accompany other members to Canterbury and serves as the judge of the Tale. A relationship is usually seen between a teller of a tale and the tale that he or she decides to share. The Pardoner, The Merchant, and the Wife of Bath use their feelings and experience to teach the lessons in the tale. Merchant has poor and second-rate views on marriage whereas Pardoner commits lot of sins and frauds and Wife of Bath wants womens to have control over their life.
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer can be understood as a text that criticizes glossing and those who gloss. In this case, glossing a text is the comments, explanations, and interpretations one infers from reading the piece of literature and the understanding that can be taken away from it; this is different for every individual who reads the written word. I believe Chaucer wrote some of these tales as a critique of certain figures in his society. The question one should ask when reading, or being read to, is what is the meaning behind the text and where does the meaning lie. When, directly, reading a text one can determine the meaning of the author through one’s own interpretation. When one is being read to, they are being given the information in a biased form; this prevents one from being able to interpret the text for oneself and leads to the audience being glossed, as well as the text, and Chaucer criticizes the crowd’s contentedness to be glossed at and to.
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer is a story of a contest who can tell the best tale. The rules of the contest were as follows: Each pilgrim would tell four tales for the trip to Canterbury, two on the journey there and two on the way back.. The tales will be judged by the Host for it’s entertainment and moral lessons. The winner of the contest will enjoy a meal paid for by the remaining pilgrims at the Host's Inn. “The Miller’s Tale” had fulfilled the criteria to win the contest. It was a shorter story, but it was entertaining and had a few lessons that can be learned from hearing or reading it. This story is significant because it does a great job of pointing out of some of the problems in the church during that time as well as how the morals of some people were not strong as well.
In Chaucer's Canterbury Tales a storytelling competition is proposed by the Host. In his mind, it was only proper for the Knight to tell his story first. The sneaky Host rigged the drawing of straws and the Knight won the honor of going first. He told a Roman Epic of loyalty and love, set in classical antiquity that portrayed his gallant manner and elevated social class. The Miller's Tale, a parody of the Knight's Tale, came next. The Miller's Tale was more contemporary and left out many of the ideals that were displayed by the characters in the Knight's Tale. This fabliau told by the Miller seemed to debase the Knight's Tale and also to debase the Knight himself.
In The Canterbury Tales, written by Geoffrey Chaucer, the stereotypes and roles in society are reexamined and made new through the characters in the book. Chaucer discusses different stereotypes and separates his characters from the social norm by giving them highly ironic and/or unusual characteristics. Specifically, in the stories of The Wife of Bath and The Miller’s Tale, Chaucer examines stereotypes of women and men and attempts to define their basic wants and needs.
In Chaucer's, The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer uses many aspects of one tale and incorporates it into another using many reoccurring themes. Many characters go through similar circumstances as Chaucer uses these themes to help each tale parallel another. For example, the Wife of Bath's Tale and The Nun's Priests Tale, uses the theme of textual evidence as a basis of reasoning of men to overpower women. The two tales that parallel each other the most are The Miller's Tale and The Summoner's Tale. Nicholas and Absolon of the Miller's Tale act immoral in many ways which the Friar in the Summoner's tale seems to exhibit. Chaucer uses the characteristics and actions of the characters in the Miller's Tale to create a character that embodies many aspects
“The Miller’s Tale,” part of Geoffrey Chaucer’s larger work, “The Canterbury Tales,” is a bawdy and irreverent story about lust, deception, and consequences. Chaucer’s work centers around four main characters: John is a dimwitted carpenter, Alison is John’s young and wife, Nicholas is a scholar who resides in John’s household, and Absolon is a priest’s assistant with a romantic fixation on Alison. Throughout the tale, deceptive plots and questionable decisions abound, and no one is completely innocent of wrongdoing. Of course, like with most any other story involving lies and selfish pursuits, every character gets an informal education on natural consequences. It is worth noting that Nicholas is the only character in the story with any
Throughout his The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer makes it his goal to expose the true nature of each of his characters through the descriptions given by the narrator and reflected in the tale told by each character. At the end of the Miller’s Tale, almost all of the characters are guilty of some wrongdoing and physically harmed in some manner. The unfortunate chain of events at the story’s conclusion and the Miller’s extreme amusement in response to the story enable the reader to become privy to the Miller’s unique agenda. A superficial possibility, and easily the most reflective of the Miller’s personality, is a simple desire to find and provide amusement in a vulgar tale with graphic imagery and inappropriate actions by the characters. Another
The Canterbury Tales” is a collection of twenty four original stories written by the one and only Geoffrey Chaucer published in seventeen forty eight. Mr. Chaucer’s frame story consists of thirty people who travel as pilgrims to England, also known as the wonderful Canterbury. As you can imagine, the journey to Canterbury is lengthy. The characters decide to kill time by unfolding tales stringing from different layers of society. Within every story holds its’ own wistful meaning. There are lessons embedded in every two stories to and from Canterbury. Especially “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” and “The Pardoner’s Tale”. Told by an evil preacher and a very lustful, beyond used up wife. Now usually preachers have a great reputation. Thought to be all
Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales was originally a frame story including thirty people, later to become thirty-one. Does filthy reading make a great tale? A morally sound story is one that is clean, has an easily discovered moral and a moral that teaches a good lesson. The Miller’s Tale is quite a tale to tell, this tale does lack of being morally sound, it is entertaining and it fits The Host’s personality.
The Canterbury Tales is a piece of writing containing 24 tales covering around 18,000 lines done by Geoffrey Chaucer. Some of the stories that are part of The Canterbury Tales include the Miller’s Tale and the Knight’s Tale. Considering the two stories, we can see the similarity in the plot that lets them be compared. Additionally, the differences in imagery and the choice of words make the two tales stand out even though they are also different in a way. In both tales, the characters resemble one another in several ways. In the Miller’s Tale, the characters were made out to be crude and naïve while the characters in the Knight’s Tale were proper and elegant within their actions and speech. Although the two stories have outstanding imagery,
The Canterbury Tales is a story that incorporates a multitude of stories told by a multitude of characters. Written by Geoffrey Chaucer, he devises a novel in which each character has to narrate a total of four stories as part of a competition; on their way to visit Saint Thomas Becket, the characters would tell two stories going and two stories returning from the journey. The perspective changes through each story, and each story is introduced by a general, opening, third person prologue. Though many of the characters got to share some ideas, Chaucer unfortunately passed away before his story’s entirety. As a result, a winner was never officially clarified. Needless to say, it is evident that the clear winner would be the Miller’s Tale.