Term Paper: Knights in the Canterbury Tales

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[. . .] He is correct when he states that "after grief there should be bliss/And praise to Jupiter for all his grace" (101). He tells Emily that Palamon truly does love her "heart and soul and might" and urges her to show her "womanly compassion" and take his hand in marriage. (101)

In response to this, the couple is married, which is indeed a happy and positive ending for the tale. This action in the plot also serves as a decent ending for the tale because it provides a sense of closure for the tragedy.

In comparing the Miller's Tale and the Reeve's Tale, the Miller's Tale is much funnier. For instance, in the Miller's Tale, there are two funny stories happening. The first funny story is Nicholas convincing John that through his astrology, he has discovered that "Rain is to fall in torrents, such a scud,/It will be twice as bad as Noah's Flood" (113). Nicholas has an answer, however, and it consists of getting tubs, attaching them to the roof of his house. This idea is hilarious because Nicholas is playing on John's fear by recounting the story of Noah. To make it even funnier, John simply accepts what Nicholas has to say and immediately begins to make preparations.

The second part to this funny story is the persistent Absalon, who will not give up on pursuing Alison. Part of the humor is how much he lavishes her. We are told that he takes his guitar and begins singing under Alison's window, "Now dearest lady, if they pleasure be/In thoughts of love, think tenderly of me" (109). John asks her if she hears him and her only reply is, "Yes, John, Go knows I hear all" (109). His attempts to attract her go beyond the limits of reason, as he sent her sweet wine and mead and spicy ale,/And wafers piping hot and jars of honey, / And, as she lived in town, he offered her money" (110). Absalon simply cannot take a hint.

In fact, we are told:

However Absalon blew his horn

His labour won him nothing but her scorn.

She looked upon him as her private ape

And held his earnest wooing all a jape. (110)

Clearly, we can see how unimpressed she is. Not only is she unimpressed, but extremely agitated to the point that when he comes to the window begging for a kiss, "out she put her hole" and Absalon "put up his mouth and kissed her naked arse/Most savorously" (119). When he returns with the hot coulter, he barely has a moment to think before Nicholas "at once let fly a fart/As loud as if it were a thunder-clap./He [Absalon] was near blinded by the blast" (121). In addition, when Nicholas gets burned, his cries for water alarm John, who immediately cuts the ropes and falls into the house and faints. The entire town is awakened and "all started laughing at this lunacy" (122).

In conclusion, the scenes in the Miller's Tale are much funnier than the scenes in the Reeve's Tale because there is more going on and the tale itself is more light-hearted and fun -- not to mention a delight to read.

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