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Humor was used in the medieval time period to express ones ideas and thoughts Geoffrey Chaucer also used humor in The Canterbury Tales in different instances In The Nuns Priest Tale and The Millers Tale I will show you how he uses humor to describe characters his use of language and the actual events that take place In the Nuns Priest Tale there is a rooster named Chaunticleer His name suggests a fine knight or noble prince The description of a rooster as a noble prince in courtly love romances is ridiculas and maybe this is what keeps us from taking him to seriously in this story Nicholas a clerk or scholar from The Millers Tale also has a ironic name His name suggests St Nicholas from plays about a mysterious guest at the home of evil hosts In the story however its the other way around In Chaunticleers description Chaucer uses a contrasting humor The rooster acts as a noble knight or prince when in reality he is only a barnyard animal The description of the barnyard animals brings an undercut from the courtly love that occurs throughout the tale The reminds you to think that Chaunticleer and Pertelote are only animals which brings about a hilarious effect With Nicholas a lowly clerk portraying a higher class gentleman when in essence he just wants a sexual pursuit and the meaning of his name uses an ironic humor to show he is an idiot With John the carpenter Alison his wife and Absalom the priest in The Millers Tale they also put on airs of being an upper class citizen They also bring you back to the basic idea they are common people just putting on a show for each other The humor in description is very plentiful and Chaucer uses it to interest you in the story Another way Chaucer uses humor in these tales is his choice of language In The
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