This tale is the funniest Chaucer ever wrote and has been popular with readers of humorous literatur

This tale is the funniest Chaucer ever wrote and has been popular with readers of humorous literatur

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This tale is the funniest Chaucer ever wrote and has been popular with readers of humorous  literature throughout the ages. Chaucer used no known source for  The Miller's Tale,  but in general  outline, it is one of the most common earthy folk tales, or  fabliaux.  The story of the rich old man  married to a voluptuous young girl has been and still is the source of much of the bawdy humor  throughout Western literature. In Chaucer's treatment, the story is elevated to great literary heights  through Chaucer's masterful use of comic incongruity and characterization, and by the incredible  neatness of the tale's construction. The tale abounds in incongruity. Some passages require a full knowledge of the medieval ages  along with the traditions of that age: for example, consider the following:
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