Does Chaucer's "The Miller's Tale" use humor? What kind of humor is it? Be specific, and explain whether you found the humor effective or not.

The Millers Tale
The prologue as used in the Millers tale is the kickoff stage of the humor. The prologue rhymes well with the tone that has been used in narrating the story. From my own opinion, this is effective in conveying the humorous setting of the story. Other than tis, the tone of the story depicts lack of sincerity and informs the user that the story is meant for entertaining purposes. The carpenter on a stupor and drunken mood jumpstarts the story by telling a funny story regarding the problems of a man and his wife. In regard to the overall story, the choice of character has been effectively used to enhance the experience of the reader. Using a drunk character is an effective way to dramatize and convey the story of humor. He warns the reader that the tale will be vulgar but continues on in order to upstage The Knights Tale.
The effectiveness of the humor comes to light once the reader compares the Knights story and the Millers story. In the former, the marriage of an older man who is portrayed as foolish to a young and beautiful woman is ironical. This irony has been portrayed in the form of humor despite that infidelity is a matter that carries weight in the society. Therefore, it should not be viewed or treated as a laughing matter. However, the basis of the story ensures that the contrary happens. This is based on the fact the marriage between these two diverse characters will be meant to lead to the unspeakable. The reference of sexy using bawdy words and gestures makes the utility by Chaucer an amusing fact that shows the use of humor in a rigorous and beautifully thought manner. There are different instances and scenes that show the excessive use of humor in the story. For example, the scene at Alison’s window involving Absalon makes the reader laugh when Absalon is tricked into kissing Alison’s buttocks.  The use of wit and doping some characters in this scene is an effective use of humor. The writer uses direct contact with the characters to convey a humorous act to the readers. Therefore, this scene can be termed as a direct link of the author to the user.
The use of drastic dramatic experience ensures the continuity of the story in a humorous mood. The story continues not to disappoint when Nicholas then attempts to one up her with Absalon and breaks wind in his face. Such an act can be considered idiotic. The use of crown in the story has brought the effectiveness of humor in the story.  This backfires on Nicholas when he takes a red-hot poker to his bum. Such an act shows a tit for tat and brings out the fairness in the entire story. Therefore, with such portray the author can be termed as effectively considering the views of the audience and the characters. Additionally the tale pokes fun at the jealous older husband whom so desperately tries to keep his wife but for obvious reasons cannot keep up with her youthfulness. The elaborate trick played on the Miller makes one shake their head and chuckle at the same time. I thoroughly enjoyed The Millers Tale because of its cheeky humor, as they say in England, and it twists and turns. 




References
Luminarium.org,. (2014). Chaucer's Canterbury Tales Study Resources. Retrieved 14 August 2014, from             http://www.luminarium.org/medlit/canterbury.htm.
            


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