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most basic functions, sexual appetite; concerned with cunning and folly; and meant to be funny. These features contrast sharply with The Knight's Tale, which was a romance featuring a setting in the distant past "aristocratic characters," concern with ideals and idealized love, a focus on the naure of good and evil, and which was meant to extol virtue
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Analysis The Miller's Tale is based on the traditional plot of a lovers' triangle, common in the French models with which Chaucer was familiar. It is also loaded with details which relate the tale to the medieval town of Oxford. For instance, Nicholas is the typical poor scholar who needs lodging; and John is the successful carpenter who has grown wealthy working on the cathedral being constructed nearby at Oseney. John's wealth enables him to have a house large enough to accommodate a boarder and to get a much younger woman to marry him. These factual details help make believable what is actually a fantastic story
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Analysis If this tale can be said to have a theme, it is probably the admonition at the beginning of the story: "men should marry women of their own age, for youth and age are often at odds." John has married the young Alison mainly as an object; she is young, beautiful, and seductive— which makes him look good. He has acquired her to show her off, as a trophy of sorts. These are the wrong reasons for a man to marry, Chaucer seems to be saying; and John should have known better
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