This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Sex, Love, And Religion In The Miller's Tale, By Chaucer

1302 words - 5 pages

What is Pornography? When asked some people might say, “I can not define it, but I know it when I see it.” The word “Pornography” comes from the Greek for writing about prostitutes. Many people concluded that the Miller’s tale was merely a pornographic story that surrounded four people. This also depended on one’s view of pornography. The Miller’s tale was told by the Miller who was not stable at the time. The Miller’s tale focused on two men, Nicholas and Absolon whose goal is to establish a relationship with Alisoun, the attractive adolescent wife of an older carpenter named John. Alisoun on one hand used old-fashioned romantic strategies such as dressing up in lavish clothes and singing. Nicholas on the other hand tricked John into believing that a Noah’s flood was coming, which forced him to spend the night in a tub on the roof while he gets his way with Alisoun. In the dark, Alisoun played a brutal trick on Absolon, who in return became enranged and burned Nicolas’ bottom. As a consequence, John crashed onto the floor and broke his arm. Many have argued the Miller’s tale is simply a pornographic story, but it is not the case. There were many themes that gave this story its meaning and purpose to the reader. These three themes include sex, love, and religion.
It is important to notice that Chaucer meant this story to be comical not serious nor moral. The first definition of porn from Merriam-Webster is the depiction of erotic behavior such as in pictures or writing intended to cause sexual arousal. In this story there were no pictures nor writing to cause sexual arousal. Yes, of course there were bits and pieces of sexual relations and activity, but not the point where it caused sexual arousal. The narrator asked forgiveness from the reader in advance for the tale’s bawdiness and warns those who are unquestionably offended to pass up to another tale. Of course this story does deal with a lot of sexual situations, but Chaucer twisted with humor and bawdy. Therefore, the reader would have a better understanding of the story. The majority of this story surrounded on the subject of sex: who, where, how, and the consequences that go along with it. The age difference between John and Alisoun raised the question to the reader whether John was not pleasing Alisoun’s desires and needs. After all, he was an old man and she was a young female barely 20. Chaucer seemed to infer that humans all have sexual desires and needs to be met, and if one does not get that satisfaction, that person will go in any length to get it. On the other hand, he did not suggest anyone to go out and commit lewd acts. Although this tale dealt with a lot of sexual situations, it also explored the abilities a lover might use to satisfy his desires (John). All humans have desires in which Chaucer wanted to bring out so people could understand.
Furthermore, the two characters who seemed to be in love with Alisoun are John and Absolon. John...

Find Another Essay On Sex, Love, and Religion in The Miller's Tale, by Chaucer

"The Cantenbury Tales" by Geoffery Chaucer : Analysis of Nicholas from Miller's Tale

510 words - 2 pages "The Canterbury Tales" written by Geoffrey Chaucer speaks of a group of pilgrims traveling together to reach Canterbury, England. This group contains the members of each social standing in England at the time. To entertain themselves on the long ride to Canterbury each person decides to tell a tale. Each tale reflects the storytellers background and way's of life. The characters mirror the tellers peer and their actions. One of the group members

The Miller's Tale: Differentiation of Sex

1464 words - 6 pages The Miller's Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer is a mirror of medieval society particularly in the way it depicts the relationships between men and women as well as giving a realistic portrait of working class people during the middle ages. Alison, the main character illustrates how a woman was able to use her sex through her actions of deceit to many characters. Popular belief holds that courtly love was prevalent during the medieval period; however

Chaucer's "The Miller's Tale" as a Parody of Courtly Love

672 words - 3 pages physical fruition; it is more holy than that. Her, as well as my, marriage is beneath our love, our love of admiration and complete devotion. She will swoon for me as I shall fight for her, and our spirits are forever intertwined. Physical love and lusty temptation are too worldly for us.These would be the thoughts of any proper knight toward his lady. "The Miller's Tale" is a satire of courtly love and its actuality in times contemporary the

Title: "Medieval Life Illuminated." This essay analyzes the the Miller's Tale in the Canterbury Tales which reveals medieval attitudes about class and courtly love

1245 words - 5 pages that carpenters are easily beguiled, which is a stab at a fellow pilgrim in The Canterbury Tales. Also Chaucer is noting how the reality of marriage and affairs; in "The Knight's Tale" the Knight speaks only of romance and chivalry. The Miller, on the other hand, is noting the lower class' approach to love, telling the story of an old carpenter who has a much younger wife who is easily seduced by the scholar. Chaucer's blunt approach to this

Women and Love In Chaucer

1976 words - 8 pages .      Wynne-Davis, Marion., ed. The Tales of the Clerk and the Wife of Bath. By Geoffrey Chaucer. Routledge: New York, 1992.      Edwards, Robert R. Stephen Spector. Ed. The Olde Daunce: Love, Friendship, Sex, and Marriage in the Medieval World. Albany: State University of New York Press. 1991 154-176.

The Canterburry Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer

1541 words - 7 pages concept of rule breaking indicates that there were rules that were valid, in and of themselves, and there would be value in following those rules. On the surface, “The Knight’s Tale” seems to be a story of courtly love, devoid of any reference to the Catholic Church. It is historical fiction, written about ancient Greece from a medieval perspective. I believe that Chaucer was trying to demonstrate the importance of religion and rules of

Miller's Tale and the Reeve's Tale

845 words - 3 pages people and giving them other grains. Molly, his daughter, and his wife sleep with the Clerics and he is accidently beaten over the head and knocked unconscious by his wife.In "The Miller's Tale" and "The Reeve's tale" Chaucer retells two stories that show what love means to the authors. While their ideas about women are very similar, the women they seek have very different responses to the men's actions. The men in the stories both fall in love

Discuss Chaucer's comic method in the Miller's Prologue and Tale

2121 words - 8 pages miller. Elizabeth G. Melillo agrees in her essay that 'it seems a shame to do anything with the Miller's Tale except laugh heartily! To insert too much intellectual analysis may rob this, the best of 'dirty' stories of its charm.' Chaucer begins by preparing us for the trouble that is to come, by alerting us to the fact that the carpenter has married a woman much younger than him, and that 'his wit was rude' - he is an uneducated and

Human or Husk: Female Agency in The Knight's Tale and The Miller's Tale

2308 words - 10 pages ” (55). Chaucer knows this of course, and attributes this mental behavior to his knight; but also Chaucer purposely limits female agency in order to leave the reader asking exactly what is going through minds like Emily's. Works Cited Carroll, Virginia Schaefer. "Women And Money In The Miller's Tale And The Reeve's Tale." Medieval Perspectives 3.1 (1988): 76-88. Web. 16 May 2013. [ILL] Cornelius, Michael G. "Sex and Punishment in Geoffrey

Women's Desire to Be Happy in The Canterbury Tale by Chaucer

974 words - 4 pages The question still remains even today that what do women most desire to be happy? The Canterbury tale, by Chaucer the Wife of bath talks about women and their happiness. The wife of bath’s prologue describes the audience about her experience with men and marriage from her past. As Chaucer starts to describe Allison, the wife of bath the very first word from her prologue is Experience. It is clear to the audience is that her prologue and her

Comparing and Contrasting "The Miller's Tale" and "The Reeve's Tale"

947 words - 4 pages makes it a highly pleasurable experience. Furthermore, in "The Miller's Tale," Absalon, the epitome of a courtly lover, reaps no benefit from his courtliness except a kiss to Alison's "arse". On the contrary, the reeve's wife fornicates with Nicholas, the complete opposite of a courtly lover. This infidelity of the wives seems to imply that Chaucer does not believe that love has a place in marriage, with all its courtliness. Both

Similar Essays

The Miller's Tale Chaucer Essay

1913 words - 8 pages objection to offer. "This episode suggests that Chaucer is indicating a previous acquaintance between the Reeve and the Miller, and a cordial dislike between them." (E. Howard, p. 132) "In the Miller's tale people push ordinary life out of shape by acting out their fantasies." (D. Howard, p. 416) The Miller's tale is of a gullible old carpenter in Oxford married to an eighteen-year-old woman. The carpenter rents out rooms to two clerks, Nicholas in one

Sexual And Bodily Subjects In The Miller's Tale By Geoffrey Chaucer

594 words - 2 pages "The Miller's Tale," a short story by Geoffrey Chaucer, deals frankly with sexual and bodily subjects. Chaucer is never obscene, he allows the reader to use his imagination to determine what some of the events actually mean. The tale is a "fabliau," which is a short story in verse that deals satiracally and humorously about sexual or monetary deception. When Chaucer describes the characters, he creates a unique theme for each person that

Beginning With Line 115, Examine The Ways In Which Chaucer Presents Alison In The Miller's Tale

781 words - 3 pages Nikul Patel 17/11/03Beginning with line 115, examine the ways in which Chaucer presents Alison in the Miller's TaleAlison is representative of many things in the miller's tale, for example she is a catalyst for much of the events in the book, and she is also there for purposes of ornamentation. The first and major appearance of Alison is in line 115 to line 162. This is Alison's description, Chaucer is writing the miller's tale as a parody of

Love And Sex In The Tale Of Cupid And Psyche

887 words - 4 pages love where sex isn’t important at all. The tale of Cupid and Psyche describes the overcoming of obstacles to their love, and their ultimate union. Psyche was the most beautiful of the three daughters of an unnamed king. People admired her beauty that angered goddess Venus. The god of Love, Cupid, fell in love with her. Following the oracle from Apollo, Psyche met Cupid at night, in the dark and fell in love. Though she never saw him