Essay on William Chaucer 's The Canterbury Tales

1167 Words Nov 13th, 2016 5 Pages
Throughout the Canterbury Tales, Chaucer uses different literary devices to develop tone and attitude about his character’s and their actions. Chaucer specifically satirizes the Miller in the General Prologue, Miller’s Prologue, and the Miller’s Tale to present his opposing views on education and religion by developing the Miller’s appearance, ignorance, and immaturity undesirably.
Throughout literature, undesirable features are given to characters authors disdain, dislike, and satirize. In this case, Chaucer uses the General Prologue. Miller’s Prologue, and the Miller’s Tale to satirize the Miller’s physical appearance, offensive personality, and gruff mannerisms. In the General Prologue, Chaucer uses words such as “stout churl”, “Hardy”,“big of brawn” and “big of bone” to develop a clear image of the Miller’s appearance (Pg. 26). Chaucer paints the face of the Miller undesirably, establishing features such as, “A wart, thereon stood a tuft of hair”, “nostrils black and very wide”, and “a mouth like a furnace door for size” (Pg. 27). The wart Chaucer gives the Miller resembles one in which english writers often gave witches, establishing the Miller as a disliked character. The description of the Miller’s black nostrils combined with the fiery mouth further suggest that he resembles a dragon, another character in English Literature that is associated with evil. The description of the Miller’s mannerisms provide foreshadowment for his stories, which root from a lack of…

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