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How does Chaucer present love in 'The Miller's Tale'

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How does Chaucer present love in 'The Miller's Tale' In 'The Miller's Tale' there are three different types of 'love' that Chaucer presents, and he also presents them in different ways, but manages to convey the emotions had by the character whilst entertaining the reader adding to the fabliau essence of the tale. The relationship between John and Alison is presented in an interesting way. The 'love' that one has for the other is very different; John cares deeply for her and is very much in love with this young girl and this is shown in his intense jealousy 'Jalous he was, and heeled hire narwe in cage' whilst Alison's feelings for John seem to be less dedicated. ...read more.

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Which leads to the 'love' that Nicholas and Alison have for each other. Their 'love' is only presented in a sexual way and is surrounded by secrecy. Despite the fact that there is only one encounter between the two of them before they decide to deceive John so that they can have one night together, their relationship is well maintained until the end when the plan has come together and they leave their kneading tubs. Chaucer does this by making the tale fast paced and condensing the time that everything happens in. The sexual 'love' that is between Nicholas and Alison is conveyed with the use of bawdy language, portraying a sense of uncouthness 'And prively he caughte hire by the queynte'. ...read more.

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His craving for her is described in many different ways by Chaucer 'I moorne as dooth a lamb after the tete' which immediately shows how Absolon is nave and has a child like fancy for Alison. Chaucer mocks courtly love, we see Absolon attempting to woo Alison with gifts and serenading her at her lowly window with his mediocre instrument. This circuitously mocks the 'love' that Absolon has for Alison. 'The Miller's Tale' does not contain any of the traditional aspects of love, therefore could be said not to actually contain any love or relationships with love in them, they are in fact only on the surface of love-sexual attraction, possession and child like infatuation. Each of theses is portrayed as love and it takes a closer look to uncover the truth behind Chaucer's words. Word Count-655 ...read more.

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