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In Englands Middle Ages Christianity played a defining role in the ethics and morals in English society Geoffrey Chaucer the author of the Canterbury Tales was clearly influenced by Christian morals and ethics in his writing as shown through the comparison of the millers and the pardoners tales Through blending his religious and social beliefs Chaucer created this compilation of tales which illustrate his own social values and religious ethics While both the millers and pardoners tales aim to expose the flaws concealed by the upper classes Chaucer creates separate tones to correspond with his attitude toward the moral in each tale The millers tale mocks people who blindly follow social institutions Chaucers intention is shown when John the carpenter is tricked by Nicholas who says that there shal fall a rain in lasse than an hour shal al be dreint so hidous is the showr 411 Upon hearing Nicholas lie John immediately build 3 boats and hides himself inside one of them while his wife and Nicholas sleep with eachother Johns actions mock loyal husbands and the institution of marriage because his blind faith in marriage and his wifes loyalty leads to his downfall Although this tale points out peoples flaws in society Chaucer maintains a humorous tone in the characters throughout the story For example the bawdy diction describing her ers as having a beerd 635 and how the tale ends with every folk gan laughen at his fantasye 732 shows that the subject matter is treated jokingly by Chaucer who does not seem to take the moral of this story very seriously Although Chaucer implies that the social institutions created by man must be followed cautiously his comical tone suggests that his outlook is simply his opinion and not his firm belief The Pardoners tale however condemns greed and gluttony which are two of the seven deadly sins Chaucers intention is shown when every blasphemour of Crist wants to hoard the treasure
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