Part A. One way we can approach Chaucer's humorous story is through the lenses of two fields of study. (1)
Eschatology is a study interested in the heavenly matters and the afterlife. (2) Scatology is an examination of low humor, particularly bodily functions and fluids and obscenities of word and gesture.
In general, one of the particular aims or theological struggles of the medieval man was to live through this earthly life of temptations (and scatological woes) and to survive its pitfalls in the hope of heavenly rewards (eschatology).
Part B. Another aspect of "The Miller's Tale" we can examine is the fact that it falls into the genre of the fabliau. The Riverside Chaucer explains some of the characteristics of the fabliau.
Explain how "The Miller's Tale" meets both part A and part B. Use lots of examples from the tale to support your response
The Miller's Tale meets part A because The Canterbury Tales in general discusses heaven, God, and religion since it is a... View the full answer