Moral Values In The Canterbury Tales

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Throughout history, there have been several pieces of literature that are remembered for their educational and recreational value. One of these highly acclaimed pieces of work is The Canterbury Tales. Geoffrey Chaucer composed a thrilling frame tale that includes multiple stories within the plot, which encompass several different values that were essential to have when this book was written. Chaucer included 20 different stories into one, with drastic variations of moral and ethical values. Although this story includes tales about many different lifestyles and personalities, when gathered together, Chaucer paints an extremely clear picture of how he viewed men, based on their actions or social class during the middle ages.
The Canterbury Tales was written by Geoffrey Chaucer during the late 14th century. This novel was a revolutionary piece of work for many reasons, one being that it was written in
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The Miller is described in the prologue as a strong and prideful man, who is twisted and quite abnormal, evidence of such a personality can be seen when Chaucer writes, “He was a jester and could poetize, But mostly all of sin and ribaldries.” Throughout Chaucer’s life, he always lived like an upperclassman, so he could only observe members of the lower class, but he apparently enjoyed them. Because the Miller’s tale is so enjoyable we can tell that Chaucer is thrilled by these types of people. Millers during the middle ages were known for possessing deviant characteristics, but they undoubtedly worked hard, “Their day started early, and they had all types of equipment to set up to grind the grain.” (mcatmaster.com) Because the miller is part of the peasantry estate, and his tale was nothing more than comedic relief, we can conclude that Chaucer doesn’t think highly of the lower social classes decisions; however, he most definitely enjoys these people, but mainly for

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