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The Miller's Tale
Transcript of The Miller's Tale
Example of how it worked: " The courtly lover, who saw himself as enslaved by passion but fired by respect, faithfully served and worshiped his lady-saint" (Merriam-Webster)
"The importance of religion in all facets of medieval life can hardly be overestimated" (Edward I. Bleiber, 208). Works on the fields, turned grain into flour
"The Miller was a hefty rascal, stout
In flesh, and bone..." (Chaucer, 544-545)
"Chattered like a bird,
Mostly prattling dirty jokes and tales" (Chaucer, 559-560) “The Miller’s Tale” is considered a bawdy tale, or fabliau, a short, comic story in verse that creates humor out of our sexual and physical nature" (Moss and Wilson, 67) “Canterbury Tales.” Literature and Its Times: Profiles of 300 Notable Literary Works and the Historical Events that Influenced Them. Joyce Moss and George Wilson. Vol. 1: Ancient Times to the American and French Revolutions (Prehistory-1790s). Detroit: Gale, 1997. 64-70. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 30 Oct. 2012.
Kelly, Henry Ansgar. “Tragedy and Comedy.” New Dictionary of the History of Ideas. Ed. Maryanne Cline Horowitz. Vol. 6. Detroit: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2005. 2360-2363. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 30 Oct. 2012.
Merriam-Webster. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2012. <http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/courtly%20love>.
“The Miller’s Tale.” Canterbury Tales Teapots. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2012.
“The Miller’s Tale in Images [Canterbury Tales in Pictures].” Polyvore. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2012. <http://www.polyvore.com/millers_tale_in_images_canterbury/thing?id=24193518>.
“Overview of Religion.” Arts and Humanities Through the Eras. Ed. Edward I. Bleiberg, et al. Vol. 1: Ancient Egypt 2675-332 B.C.E. Detroit: Gale, 2005. 208-210. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 30 Oct. 2012. Knight’s: courtly love, no communication or physical connections between the man and the girl Miller’s Tale: Handy Nicolas, the cleric, immediately jumps to sexual attractions towards Alison right as he meets her In contrast to the Knight's Tale “And suddenly he caught her by the crotch
And said: “By G-d, unless I take you to bed,
Sweetheart, I want you so badly I’ll end up dead" (Chaucer, 86-88) It seems almost necessary and automatic for the cleric to do this "By the very bones of G-d I know a noble tale that cries to be old, So now I'll tell it better than the Knight told his" (17-19) Alison Pretty, promiscuous, a temptress "she pranced about with a lecherous eye" (Chaucer, 54) In Modern Day: Typical head cheerleader Absalom He is completely desperate for love
"He posted himself beneath a small hinged window...
And then he sang, in his sweet and dainty tone,
'Now my dear lady, if it your will may be,
I pray you shed your mercy down on me...he convinced himself that love was his fate" (Chaucer, 168-181) In Modern Day: Nerdy boy, worshiping the pretty girl Nicolas aggressive, alpha male, lines 84-91 In modern Day: Typical Jock John Dumb
Take over by Love In Modern Day: The lucky kid who scored a relationship with a cheerleader How is religion critiqued? Irony of the cleric (priest or minister) and his sexual drive Only woman in this tale is Alison, so we judge the views based on how she is depicted.
weak, easily tempted, lacking self restraint
lines 98-103 Comedy in the Middle Ages -Not directly linked to humor as it is today
-More about making fun of others (Kelly, Henry Ansgar, 2360) Examples of Miller making fun of people and of Chaucer making fun of Miller Noah's Ark Story The story is a sham and used for the carpenter's personal benefit
"You and your wife must stay completely apart" (Chaucer, 392) The Miller almost makes fun of the Noah's Ark Story http://www.polyvore.com/millers_tale_in_images_canterbury/thing?id=24193518 lines 603 to 613 Miller repetitively makes fun of the cleric and how oblivious and what a "fool he is The Miller used medieval comedy throughout his tale to make fun of stupid people who are oblivious to what goes on around them, possibly insinuating something about his views on the Knight? Iambic Pentameter Poem The miller was a drunk and tired man
He barely understood the words he span
He told a shocking tale which was real crude
This man not afraid to bring up the nude
Butt kisses, and intense grabs to the crotch
His story surely kicked it up a notch
Competing with the strong and manly knight
The tale he told was sure to start a fight
The carpenter that crazy stupid fool
His wife was a young and beautiful jewel
The cleric a promiscuous young lad
Loved Alison, she made him very glad
Absalom was wooed by her instantly
He kissed her ass while climbing up a tree
Absalom came back with a plot in mind
He branded anything that he could find
Nicolas let out a loud, fearful scream
Which led him to wake John out of his dream
Miller told of Ali’s profligacy
She cheated with Nicolas flawlessly
Then off of his roof John clumsily rolled
That was the end of the story he told THE END Chaucer even apologizes in advance in the Miller's Prologue on 64-65 She was "fit for any lord's high bed" (Chaucer, 79) What did you think of Alison? How did you feel about her actions?