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This engaging summary presents an analysis of The Miller’s Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer, a humorous fable from the Canterbury Tales. It is narrated by the eponymous Miller, whose drunkenness leads him to select a bawdier tale to tell his fellow travellers than he perhaps meant to. It tells the story of John the carpenter and his much younger wife Alisoun, who is seduced by the scholar who lodges with the couple. However, John is paranoid that his wife might be cuckolding him, and keeps a careful eye on her, leading the lovers to come up with a truly outlandish scheme to outwit him and steal away to spend the night together. Geoffrey Chaucer was the author of The Canterbury Tales, a collection of stories which is one of the earliest known examples of English-language literature and has been a key influence on subsequent generations of writers.
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ENGLISH WRITERBorn in London c. 1343.Died in London in 1400.Notable works:The Canterbury Tales (c. 1380s), poetryParlement of Foules (c. 1380s), poetryTroilus and Criseyde (c. 1380s), poetry
A medieval courtier, diplomat, lawyer and civil servant, Chaucer travelled around Western Europe on the King’s business. Although he held a fairly high position within the Court, Chaucer did not come from an aristocratic family. His grandfather ran a tavern in the town of Ipswich, before moving to London and becoming a merchant. His parents were wine merchants living in the City of London. Chaucer is believed to have married Philippa de Roet, a lady-in-waiting to Constance of Castile (Spanish duchess, 1354-1394), the second wife of John of Gaunt (English duke, 1340-1399). He started his seminal work, The Canterbury Tales, during the 1380s, and it was incomplete at his death. The Canterbury Tales have never been out of print and have constantly influenced writers, artists and filmmakers ever since. The stories have a perennial appeal. The Canterbury Tales have also been a key influence on the development of the English language. Just like William Shakespeare (English playwright, 1564-1616), Chaucer was receptive to new ideas and the sheer variety and versatility of English. Many of the words he used were relatively new to the English language, often being taken from other languages including Greek, Latin and Arabic.
A FABLIAU, OR HUMOROUS POETIC TALEGenre: poemReference edition: Chaucer, G. (2008) The Miller’s Tale. The Canterbury Tales. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 66-77.1stedition: 1387Themes: trickery, adultery, lust, humour, revenge
The Miller’s Tale is the second of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales
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