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How Does Chaucer Parody To Courtly Love?

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How Does Chaucer Parody To Courtly Love? After the Knight tells his story, the Miller insists very rudely to tell his tale. Chaucer uses the aspect of courtly love which is found in the Knights tale and makes a parody of it; He uses the Miller's character to mock the Knights idea of courtly love. Miller describes the heroine of his story Alison, as a wife of an older man and also an infidel. She's compared to a "wezele" sly and cunning. The description of Alison clearly indicates that she is very different from an innocent girl from courtly love stories instead she's well aware of her husbands jealousy and wears elaborate cloths to show off her beauty. ...read more.

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Miller firstly describes Nicholas as a young scholar who stays as a paying guest with the carpenter, "And al above ther lay a gay sautrie,...he mad a-nightes melodie" Nicholas is described to have a decorated room, he is a lively man and depends on his friends as he cant afford to pay all of his rent. Chaucer continuously uses the word "hende" when ever he refers to Nicholas this word would usually mean gentle but as we see that Nicholas is not described to be courteous or gracious the word is ironically used to suggest that he is sly and opportunist. Again there is no sign of a hero from courtly love romances. ...read more.

Conclusion

The second lover that the Miller introduces is Absolon who is suppose to be a parish clerk but has extraordinary talents. He takes more care of his appearance then any woman and dresses and speaks in a very feminine way, "thereupon he hadde a gay surplis". Absolon has a great interest in Barmaids and is described as a jolly parish clerk, he also has other talents as letting blood and playing a musical instrument, Absolon thinks that he's a courtly lover but in fact that too is made as an ironic statement from Absolon. The description of the two lovers in Millers tale shows extreme parody of courtly love. ...read more.

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