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In Geoffrey Chaucers The Canterbury Tales particularly in The Millers Tale an illustration of common medieval life is illuminated Chaucers use of coarse ordinary language and his detailed descriptions of the characters in The Millers Tale allows for readers to catch a glimpse into medieval society While Chaucers The Knights Tale was full of pomp and romanticized chivalry The Millers Tale parodies The Knights Tale as well as offering a moral to his story the beguiler will be beguiled back In his tale Chaucers storyteller the Miller reveals the medieval attitude about class beguiling and love The Miller begins with introducing the characters to his tale He begins with the typical Whylom or Once upon a time to which has become a staple to fairy tales passed down through the generations The Miller continues there lived at Oxford a rich churl who boarded paying guests he was a carpenter by trade At his house lived a poor scholar Chaucer 151 Chaucer is noting the carpenters class with the label churl which is a word which describes a tradesman of lower class Chaucer has the Miller describe the carpenter Johns wife Alison who is the symbol of obsession for the poor clerk Nicholas This carpenter had recently married a wife whom he loved more than his life she was eighteen years of age Chaucer 151 The Miller then continues his introduction of Alison describing her flawless beauty and style to which Chaucer is foreshadowing the troubles Alison causes to lusty medieval men Later in The Millers Tale the Miller introduces Absalom - He well knew how to let blood to clip hair and to shave - a barber in town who the Miller describes as lively and playful and was a little squeamish about farting and prim in his speech indeed a unique character from Chaucers observation about real merchant class individuals Chaucer 157 As expected the poor carpenter Nicholas sets his sights on conquering Alison
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