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To What Extent Is “The Millers Tale” by Chaucer a Moral Tale?  Is Chaucer merely trying to amuse us?

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To What Extent Is "The Millers Tale" by Chaucer a Moral Tale? Is Chaucer merely trying to amuse us? Firstly we the audience have to understand that Chaucer is both the writer of the tale but also a member of the pilgrimage who is relaying the stories told to him on the journey. Pilgrimage was popular at the time, a long journey taken to a Holy place in order to cleanse you from sins. I think The first Step is Admitting your an Alcoholic says: Chaucer may have written them partly to amuse us but also as a way of displaying his critical views of the church at the time. The Miller, a bawdy man, tells the Millers Tale and is apparently drunk at the time. ...read more.

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It is meant to be a joke and if he "misspeke or seye" anything bad, they should blame it on the Southwerk ale. This could be a clear indication to us that Chaucer intends himself for this tale to be a joke and wishes to amuse us. The reason it could be considered a moral tale is because some of its characters pay for their actions later in the play. The main characters are John the carpenter, his wife Alison and Nicholas an oxford scholar who is staying in John's home. John is quite an old man and has been criticised for marrying a young beautiful woman who he t There is no real moral dilemma in this itself because it is considered socially acceptable for a man to marry a younger woman but it does cause problems later. ...read more.

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This adds to the comical value of the play for the audience when he used his hands to grab at Alison. This is where we can again look at whether the miller's tale is a moral one. Another man interested in Alison is Absalon. He comes to her window one night when she and Nicholas are in bed together, trying to court her. He a more chivalrous approach in love calling her "faire brid, my sweet cinamone" then bends to his knees to beg for a kiss. Cruelly Alison sticks her bottom out of the window and Absalon "with his mouth he kiste her naked ers." This act of cruelty from Alison does not get punished during the play and is a clear argument against it being a moral tale. However another way it can be seen as is Absalon's scourge for chasing a married woman. ...read more.

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