Essay on Analysis Of ' Miller 's ' The Canterbury Tales '

1195 Words Nov 17th, 2016 5 Pages
“Miller’s Tale” Character Analysis Throughout The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer uses different ways to diversify his characters such as gender, psychology, formalism, and how they are presented throughout the story, this is most evident in the “Miller’s Tale.” Formalism is a literary criticism that focuses on the literal text rather than the history behind the author or the time the article was published. The first character discussed is John the carpenter, he is arguably the most important in regards to psychological aspect of the “Miller’s Tale.” Alisoun, who is John’s wife, is the second character the author introduces in this story. Nicholas is the next character the author introduces; and he also has a different psychological aspect to him. Absalom is the final character the introduced and he is only mentioned for a brief period of time and is not as psychology oriented as the other characters. Throughout the “Miller’s Tale” the reader understands how sexually oriented this story actually is; Chaucer uses many symbols to prove that. The whole tale is about a love triangle; with a young beautiful woman, her dumb husband, and a younger male; that is until Absalom comes and makes it a love rectangle. Also Chaucer uses imagery through his comparisons of Alisoun to animals. Chaucer seems to set-up sexual innuendos on every other line of the Miller’s Tale; this makes the whole story seem like a joke, while only targeting a specific audience. The first character…

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