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How does Chaucer present the Miller in The prologue to the Miller's Tale?

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How does Chaucer present the Miller in The prologue to the Miller's Tale? Chaucer wrote a portrait of the Miller in the general prologue of the Canterbury tales. In this, the Miller is described as an extremely well built man with broad shoulders and large muscles. He has red hair, with a large beard and a wart upon his nose. Chaucer uses colour symbolism in the portrait; he compares the Miller with the colour red to portray the image that he is an aggressive man. ...read more.

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"By Armes, and by blood and bones". This is the first line that the Miller says in which he is cursing. Chaucer has used this technique to make the reader have an instant dislike for the Miller and to realise immediately that he is not the nicest character out of the pilgrims. "But in Pilates, vois he gan to crie" This metaphor compares the Miller to Pontius Pilate who put Jesus to his death. This automatically makes the reader realise that the Miller really is a vulgar man if he is being compared to someone such as Pontius Pilate. ...read more.

Conclusion

"I am dronke, I knowe it by my soun;". It is also inferred that the Miller is insensitive "Bothe of a carpenter and of his wyf,". This reference to the text supports my point that the Miller is insensitive as he deliberately made the main character of his story a carpenter to get at the Reeve. This also shows us that the Miller is provocative. Chaucer also portrays the Miller as a misogynist. "Who hath no wyf, he is no cokewold," This quote shows us that the Miller is a hater or women as it is saying that if you don't have a wife you wont be betrayed. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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