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The Canterbury Tales: The Miller

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Brent Roach

on 19 October 2012

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Transcript of The Canterbury Tales: The Miller

Brent Roach
Mrs. Mabry
English IV-Period 2
19 October 2012 Physical Description The author uses this quote to show how the size of this man and explain that even though he was short in height, he made up for it in his strength. "The Miller was a chap of sixteen stone,/ A great stoud fellow big in brawn and bone"(561-562). The author uses this quote to show that the Miller's beard is just as immense as the Miller himself and the size and color add to the sense of an outdoor rugged type. "His beard, like any sow or fox, was red/ And broad as well, as though it were a spade"(568-569). The author uses this quote to enhance the ruggedness and strength aspects of the Miller. "He had a sword and buckler at his side"(574). Words, Actions and Experiences The author uses this quote to show that the Miller has been many places and done many things in his time, which adds to his wanderer side. "he would go/ And win the ram at any wrestling show"(563-564). The author uses this quote to infer that the Miller knows he is stronger than any man and that he likes to show off this great strength to others. "he would boast/ He could heave any door off hinge and post,/ Or take a run and break it with his head"(565-567). The author uses this quote to show that even though the Miller was a man of great strength, he had other talents that attracted people to him. "He like to play his bagpipes up and down/ And that was how he brought us out of town"(583-584). Personality Traits The author uses this quote to show that the Miller may be a man of great strenght but he is not a man of intelligence. "A wrangler and buffoon"(576) The author uses this quote to show that the Miller is very derrogative in his nature and in his stories. "he had a store/ Of tavern stories, filthy in the main"(576-577) The author uses this quote to condemn the Miller for being a thief on their "spiritual" journey. "His was a master-hand at stealing grain"(578). The author uses this quote to further demonstrate the Miller's demanor as a thief and the author also condemns the Miller for committing such a sin as stealing on their righteous journey. "He felt it with his thumb and thus he knew/ Its quality and took three times his due -/ A thumb of gold, by god, to gauge an oat!"(579-581). There are no real social expectations of this character but he does live up to his status as being a rough and tough wanderer
Chaucer does however say that this man, even though they may be few, does have talents, strength and playing the bagpipes
When Chaucer describes the inner workings of this character, there are no real "virtues" given to this man
Chaucer describes the Miller as a "sinner", in which the Miller is a selfish thief
Chaucer's most likely creation of this character was to show the rough and rugged side of society
Chaucer points out that the Miller is no ordinary man, he has his talents in which he specializes in, and for that Chaucer praises him
But Chaucer does however mock his character in the way that, the Miller may be strong in his might but not in his wit
Chaucer also gives an ironic description of the character in which the Miller is along their journy of righteousness yet he chooses to steal from others and Chaucer says that he may be stealing in the name of god
In this character, Chaucer demonstrates the rugged and tough side of society but he also uses this character to show that if you are going to join in on a spiritual journey, you should make it one and not make a mockery of it by committing sins Summary The Miller Pg. 111
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