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Presentation of the Miller

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Introduction

How does Chaucer present the Miller in the General Prologue and the Miller's Prologue? Chaucer first presents the Miller within the general prologue of the "Canterbury Tales"; portraying the Miller to the reader as a differing character to the Knight, in relation to the social context of hierarchy within the Chaucerian period. The Miller is depicted as an aggressive character within the "The portrait of the Miller", as the reader identifies this characterisation through the literal techniques used. The Miller is described to be "Ful big he was of brawn, and eek of bones", vividly expressing a portly character with a large bone structure. The poet has used Alliteration in the words "brawn and bones" to clearly emphasize the overpowering nature of the Miller in comparison to the other 29 in the company. Chaucer further develops the Miller's bold character description as; "...At wrastlinge he wolde have alwey the ram..." ...read more.

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The reader directly contrasts the first tale of the Knight with the Miller's tale, as the social class of the Miller conveys the "sinne and harlotries" as a main focal point within his character. Chaucer conveys the Miller's ill-manner within the "Miller's Prologue", as the Miller interrupts the social order of the tale telling. The Miller is illustrated by the poet as "drunken was al pale", clearly depicting the colour of the Miller under the influence of alcohol. The Miller is illustrated to not have the common courtesy to take off his hat or cloak in front of the company as; "...Ne abide no man for his curteisie..." The poet has used the technique of double negative to clearly portray the status of the Miller as a normal man, in comparison to the nobility of the knight. ...read more.

Conclusion

This expresses to the reader that the Miller is partial to a drink of ale, almost excusing him for interrupting the order which would have followed with the Monk from the tale of the Knight. Chaucer further illustrates the Miller's view on marriage with the Miller explaining the tale of a carpenter and his wife, illustrating many wives as un-loyal to their husbands. The poet conveys irony as, "...Ther been ful goode wives..." illustrating that many wives are un-loyal to their husbands, with the miller portraying as long as he has his requirements in a sexual context, he does not mind what his wife is doing, as "... Of the remenant nedeth nat enquire..." In conclusion, the reader responds to the description of the Miller due to the linguistic techniques of which Chaucer has used in the "General Prologue" and "The Miller's Prologue" to clearly illustrate the Miller as a character of the company, but to also contrast his views in relation to the remaining 29 of the pilgrimage felony. ...read more.

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