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In The Millers Tale we see the idea of courtly values being mocked Courtly values are generally seen as the binding behaviour by which knights were meant to show courtesy as understood in medieval times act chivalrous by showing courage loyalty and mercy and to uphold the idea of troth by maintaining honour and integrity Shea Sep 18 Unlike the preceding Knights Tale The Millers Tale values different attributes in its characters While the adherence to courtly values is usually what is hoped for in the gentility and admired in the lower classes we see that The Millers Tale mocks those who obey traditional standards of behaviour As we can see by the outcome of the events in the tale The Millers Tale prizes those characters who are shrewd and who leave the ideals of the courtly values behind This is made evident by the fact that Absolon is punished for his means of courting that is by traditional romantic standards John is punished because his love for Alison is so great and noble that he allows himself to be fooled by Nicholas and Nicholas is punished not because tries to abide by the behaviour of his time but because he is foolish enough to try the same trick on Absolon twice Alison is the only one to escape retribution for her actions because she is consistently cunning and ignores the traditional standards of behaviour Absolon is portrayed as a farce of a courtly romancer The manner in which he courts Alison is not very chivalrous He is pictured as and effeminate merry knave Chaucer 92 in his blazon and plays music and sings in a high falsetto As far as how he goes about winning Alison he isnt very smart about the way in which he tries to woo her The first time he goes to serenade her he doesnt check to see if her husband is in bed with her Chaucer 93 and
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