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Quotes from the Miller's Tale

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Quotes from the Miller's Tale CHARACTERS John "A riche gnof"p33 A new emerging class bringing conflict to hierarchy emphaised trough word gnof lots of different words Chaucer uses analogue "deemed himself been lik a cokewold" p34 Prolepsis foreshadows tale builds tension takes away sympathy for John "he knew nat Cauton" p34 Shows he is not intelligent or educated due to allusion "Myn housbande is so ful of jalousie"p36 One of John's flaws emphasised through simile "The carpenter was goon till Osenay"p39 Associates him with religion and lack of knowledge as large abbey there "I am adrad, by Seint Thomas, It stondeth nat aright with Nicholas. God shilde that he deid sodeeinly"p40 Black death clich´┐Ż Men shoulde nat knowe of Goddes privitee."p41 Proleptic warning John did not want vernacular bible as reduced Catholic churches power to tell people what to do "Jhesu Crist and Seinte Benedight, Blesse this hous from every wikked wight, For nightes verye, the whire pater-noster! Where wentestow Seinte Petres soster?"p42 This is part of the night spell part rubbish it is a satirical comment by Chaucher on John embracing his ignorance "I shal it nevere telle To child ne wyf" p43 Irony as does tell "As dooth the white doke after hire drake"p45 Emphasises john's childlike nature as there is a childlike expression and simile employed for him "to his wyf he tolde his privitee"p46 Ironic told ...read more.

Middle

to hell "A clerk hadde litherly biset his while,But id he koudde a carpenter bigile"p40 Arrogant prophetic for the 2nd misdirected kiss the language such as litherly reminds us that it is a fablieu so the hero is a trickster not a moral character "now at Monday next, at quarter night, shal falle a reyn, and that so wilde and wood, that half so greet was nevere Noes flood."p43 Juxtaposition of biblical story with petit bourgeois details such as exact time contributes to the satirical element of the Canterbury tales at undercutting of middle class pretentiousness emphasises by alliteration of w also ironic as goes against the covenant which Nicholas is aware of as he can speak Latin but John is not as he cannot read Latin but is against the vernacular ironic as he brings about his own downfall "Thy wyf shal I wel saven, out of doute"p44 Allelogry this adds humour as he means he will save her from a non existent sex life "doun the ladder stalketh Nicholay"p47 Emphasises his masculinity through the hunting image "Then Nicholas anon leet fle a fart"p52 Response to courtly lover's speech "The hoote kultour brende so his toute" p52 Punished for retelling a joke emphasised through synonym for bottom and reference to Edward III and Isabel the she-wolf of France at Barclay castle Absolon His rode was reed , his eyen greye ...read more.

Conclusion

pains to create a sympathetic multidimensional character A churl is "A rustic or ill-bred person" yourdictionary.com THEMES Adultery/marriage Romance and Love Gulling of the foolish Mystery and Religion astonomy, astorlgy abd religion play a large part! [nicholas] noahs ark with the bath tub and john - john should have known that god promised never to repeat a flood like noahs and nic managed to convince john that god would. look at how men use religion to become wealthy [background reading] look at how chaucer uses satire [mocking/humour/sarcasm] and irony towards religion Ignorance and knowledge Social class and feudal hierarchy Age and Youth Women Alison is the representer IMPORTANCE OF SECTIONS OF THE POEM Miller's prologue Already Tested 1) Nicholas - lines 79 to 112 2) Alison - lines 125 to 162 3) Absolon - lines 206 to 330 4) The fart passage - lines 680 to 715 5) Lo! - lines 503 to 534 summer 07 6) Blessen - lines 340 to 378 January 08 7) Absolon "woos" - lines 579 to 612 8) Nick persuading carpenter - any passage between lines 379 to 492 summer 08 ---------------------------------------- Probable 1) "queynte" passage - lines 163 to 198 2) Absolon's serenade - lines 244 to 282 3) Misdirected kiss - lines 615 to 651 4) Gervey's - lines 652 to 680 5) Nicholas and Alison described sex - lines 535 to 578 ...read more.

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