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A COMPARISON AND CONTRAST THE KNIGHTS AND MILLERS TALES REVISITED The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer is a classic piece wherein pilgrims tell tales during their journey to a holy shrine in Canterbury A Knight and Miller are two of the pilgrims Chaucer gives personality to each character wherein a drunken Miller can tell a tale that is full of brilliant characterization and also have nicely balanced action and a tough soldier like the Knight can weave a romance with all the art of a seasoned minstrel Lawrence 42 The Knight being the noblest amongst the pilgrims is invited to speak first The second tale-teller is the Miller The Miller speaks second not by invitation but as a way to repay the Knights romantic tale In having these two tales told back-to-back one is able to compare the two In many ways The Millers Tale functions as a subversive mirror of the Knights story Rossignol 242 This is also an opportunity to find many similarities as well as differences between the two tales The term subversive mirror is certainly appropriate in dealing with these particular tales Although The Millers Tale does mirror The Knights Tale by utilizing similar elements it also corrupts those same elements it is in fact imitating By using the term subversive it is suggested that the Miller is actually trying to pervert The Knights Tale by undermining the morals that are represented in it The Miller seems determined in his tale to parody the situations and sentiments of The Knights Tale This subversive mirror reference is indeed on the mark Several similarities are easily recognizable between The Knights Tale and The Millers Tale These similarities are the mirroring which take place from The Millers Tale to The Knights Tale The opening formula of The Millers Tale is almost identical to the Knights after that nothing is the same but many things are instantly recognizable because they have
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