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 “The Miller’s Tale” by Geoffrey Chaucer’s is just one of his six tales that featured in “The Canterbury Tales”. The Miller’s Tale story focused around John the carpenter, the carpenter young and lovely wife Alisson, Tricky –Nicky or known as Nicholas and Absalom who is a parish clerk.  The Miller’s Tale begins with John who is known for always locking his wife inside the house. John is afraid that his young and beautiful wife would cheat on him and he will have ended up being a cuckold.  Nicholas ended up falling in love with Alisoun and one day when John was not in town, Nicholas started flirting with Alisoun. Until he asks Alisoun to sleep with her and Alisoun agrees to sleep with him. But then we have Absalom the parish clerk, Absalom falls in love with Alisoun the very first time he sees her. Knowing that Alisoun is already married he stills sings for her by the window of her room and do everything he can to get noticed by Alisoun. But all his efforts are nothing because Alisoun is in-love with Nicholas. One day Alisoun and Nicholas wanted to sleep together but they realize to do this they have to plan it very carefully. So, Nicholas made a plan to distract John and made sure he wouldn’t find out their relationship. Nicholas and Alisoun planned went well without John finding it out. When Alisoun and John were in bed together they heard a man singing outside and it was Absalom who is declaring his love for Alisoun. Nicholas who is very smart planned a prank for Absalom. He planned to let Absalom kissed Alisoun ass which Absalom ended up doing. Alisoun and Nicholas can’t hide they laugh and Absalom heard it and find out that they slept together. Absalom took revenge for what they did and burned Nicholas ass. At the end, the story ended in an ironic manner. John ended up being crazy in people’s eyes. Alisoun got away from cheating on his husband, Nicholas burned his ass, and Absalom ended hating women. The moral lesson in The Miller’s Tale is that “Not everyone gets the punishment they deserve. And not everyone deserves the punishment they get”. An example of this is what happened to every character at the end of the story.  The aftereffect for each of them was different. Some of them get the punishments they deserve, however, some of them ended up getting the punishment they don’t deserve. For example, John did not deserve to become and be called a crazy man. John is a nice guy but unfortunately lacks knowledge and very easy to deceive. But he doesn’t deserve the punishment to be called a crazy man considering the facts that he is the one who got fooled. In chapter 11 the tales clearly shows that John is a nice guy who cares about his wife well-being “No! My wife!” he exclaimed. “Is she going to drown? No, no, not my Alison! Isn’t there anything we can do?” we can really see that he cares for her. However, despite the carpenter loving and caring for Alisoun. She never appreciated it and cheated on him. And despite Alisoun having affair with Nicholas she never gets the punishment she deserves. She fooled John by going along with Nicholas planned, “No! Go on, go or else we’ll die! I’m your faithful wife, so go, my husband, and save us” (Chapter 11) and at the end, she made him a crazy man “Alison and Nicholas told everyone that John was crazy. They said that he’d imagined it all, and had tried to get them to help him hang three tubs to prepare for “Noel’s flood,” (Chapter 21). Alisoun should have at least gets some punishment for it but she didn’t get anything nor did anything happened to her. This event clearly shows the reader that the morals lesson of the story is “Not everyone gets the punishment they deserve. And not everyone deserves the punishment they get”. In addition, Absalom and Nicholas somehow get the punishment they deserve. Nicholas ended up burning his ass “The poker burned Nicholas’s butt so badly that the skin started peeling off. Nicholas thought he’d die from the pain, and he screamed like a madman” (Chapter 20).which we can consider his punishment for fooling an innocent person and making him a crazy man and we can have considered Absalom punishment for pursuing a woman even though he is not supposed to as a parish clerk is him kissing Alison’s ass, “All his burning passion for Alison had disappeared the moment he’d kissed her ass, and he was completely cured of his lovesickness and now sick of women. He cried like a baby and swore he’d never love another girl again” (Chapter 17). For both of these men, we can assume that they get the punishment they deserve in life which will prove that compare to John who didn’t deserve his punishment this two ended up getting it and proves that the moral lesson of the tale is “Not everyone gets what they deserve. And not everyone deserves what they get”. In conclusion, every character’s action led to their own punishment. Some of the characters received the punishments they deserved and some of them suffered from the punishments they don’t deserve at all. In an instance, John suffered from the punishments he didn’t deserve. While nothing happened to Johns wife who backstabbed him and cheated on him. As for the two young men they ended up getting the punishment they deserve which balances the story. The imperfection and sins of each character became the most important part to make the story interesting and outstanding as it is and convey the moral lesson that “Not everyone gets what they deserve. And not everyone deserves what they get”.   


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