The Miller's Tale Analysis

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“The Miller’s Tale” perfectly incorporates all of the necessary components that make up a winning tale. In Chaucer’s, The Canterbury Tales, “The Miller’s Tale” fully satisfies every rule required by the Host, in a humorous and intriguing way. He uses the misfortune of the characters to grasp the reader’s attention, and keep him or her interested throughout the story. In the tale, Chaucer includes the idea of religious corruption happening in England during the fourteenth-century. He takes this negative idea and manipulates it into comedic relief by making both Nicholas and Absalom clerks. The actions of those characters, who were supposed to be revered due to their religious position, proves Chaucer’s negative view of the Catholic Church in England at that time. Through Chaucer’s incorporation of fourteenth-century religious corruption,…show more content…
However, in a majority of the story, Chaucer includes examples of a specific problem that was happening in England during the fourteenth-century. This ongoing problem is corruption in the Catholic Church. The mainstream idea of a religious figure is someone that people can look up to and someone that can be a model for how people should behave in a society. However, during the fourteenth-century, this ideal model did not exist. In “The Miller’s Tale”, Chaucer characterizes both Nicholas and Absalom as clerks, who were considered to be religious figures at the time. In order to trick the carpenter, John, into getting out of the house (so that Nicholas could spend the night with his wife), Nicholas used his vast knowledge and understanding of religion to undermine John. He told John, “That now a Monday next, at quarter night, shal falle a reyn, and that so wilde and wood, that half so greet was never Noës flood” (164). Nicholas abuses his power of religion in order to have an affair with the poor carpenter’s
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