Comparing "The Miller’s Tale" And "The Reeve’s Tal

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"The Miller's Tale" and "The Reeve's Tale" encompass the use of humor as a method of advancing the stories' plot, which, incidentally, share striking similarities. In both of the tales, vulgarity and over the top sexual obscenity comprises the humor that makes the audience react. In my opinion, the author did a good job at producing laughs, but if the stories are analyzed in depth, then the reader will realize that they are, indeed, quite perverse and spiteful. With that being said, I found the tales to be a temporary form of amusement only when enjoyed for what they merely are, a source of laughter and nothing more. In "The Miller's Tale", a clever student named Nicholas decides to trick the carpenter John by sleeping with his young and attractive wife Alison. Nicholas concocts an idiotic plan perfect for the dimwitted carpenter; he tells him a furious flood much deadlier than Noah's Flood will occur next Monday, and the only way to survive it is by sleeping overnight in tubs placed on the roof. John immediately believes him, but keeps quiet about it at Nicholas' request. When Monday night comes, John is fast asleep in the tub, which allows Nicholas and Alison to sneak down to John's room and have passionate sex. The carpenter is oblivious of what the two are up to, and this instance of humor shows the ignorance of the carpenter. After they are done copulating, the annoying parish clerk Absalom arrives outside the house, and begs Alison for a kiss. She agrees and thrusts her buttocks out the window; unbeknownst to Absalom, he kisses her hairy anus instead of her soft, red lips. When he realizes what just happened, he jumps back and Alison giggles. She shuts the window and he plans his revenge. Absalom comes back with a hot colter and intends to use it on Alison; however, Nicholas intervenes and sticks out his ass and lets out a tremendous fart "with a noise as

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