Miller's Tale

ISBN-10: 0198325770

ISBN-13: 9780198325772

Edition: 2nd 2007 (Revised)

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Book details

List price: $15.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484

Chris Wilson teaches at the University of New Mexico. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Chaucer's Miller's Tale in Context
The Miller's Tale
The Miller's portrait: General Prologue
The Miller's Prologue
The Miller's Tale
The Reeve's Prologue
Notes
The Miller's portrait: General Prologue
The Miller's Prologue
Reactions to The Knight's Tale: lines 1-11
The Miller's interruption: lines 12-35
The Reeve's objection: lines 36-58
Chaucer's apology: lines 59-78
The Miller's Tale
Introduction and portrait of Nicholas: lines 79-112
The carpenter's marriage: lines 113-24
Portrait of the carpenter's wife: lines 125-62
Nicholas molests Alison: lines 163-98
Portrait of Absolon: lines 199-230
Absolon begins to woo Alison: lines 231-61
Absolon's method of wooing: lines 262-88
Alison and Nicholas make their plans: lines 289-310
John wonders what has happened to Nicholas: lines 311-39
John responds to his servant's report: lines 340-65
John rouses Nicholas from his trance: lines 366-92
Nicholas tells John about the second flood: lines 393-425
Nicholas tells John how to avoid the flood: lines 426-54
More advice from Nicholas and a warning: lines 455-92
John prepares for the flood: lines 493-524
John awaits the flood; Nicholas takes over his bed: lines 525-48
Absolon decides to speak to Alison at her window: lines 549-78
Absolon goes to the window and confesses his love: lines 579-605
Alison puts her bottom out of the window: lines 606-35
Absolon learns his lesson and plans his revenge: lines 636-77
Absolon's revenge: lines 678-705
John's fall and the reaction of his neighbours: lines 706-46
The Reeve's Prologue
Reaction to The Miller's Tale
Interpretations
The Miller as a character and contrasts with the Knight
Genre
Characterization
John
The courtly characters
Nicholas
Alison
Absolon
Language, style, and structure
Realism
Parody
Proverbs
Imagery
The narrator's voice
Structure
Themes
Destiny, justice, and providence
Concealment, secrecy, and deception
Other possible themes
Critical views
Origins and derivations of the fabliau and Chaucer's use of the form
Focus on morality
Focus on the principles of life
Examination of other principles: spiritual versus freedom of will
Examination of the burlesque of courtly idealism
Who is the narrator?
Essay Questions
Chronology
Further Reading
A Note on Chaucer's English
A Note on Pronunciation
Glossary
Appendix
The description of the Clerk
The description of the courtly lady
The behaviour of the courtly lover
Two examples of the fabliau
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