Chaucer's Characters Analytical Essay by loui

Chaucer's Characters
This paper discusses how Chaucer introduces the eight main characters and what is revealed about them.
# 45277 | 1,957 words | 0 sources | 2003 | GB
Published on Oct 07, 2003 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis)

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The writer analyzes the characters in Chaucers "A Miller's Tale", discussing the techniques used to portray them and thoroughly analyzing each character described.

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"Chaucer has set himself as a character in The Canterbury Tales, and this proves to be very useful from a narrative point of view. One way in which he uses this character is, in the general prologue, to present an apology for the offensive subject and language of some of the tales; "Blameth nat me if that ye chese amys". This - doubtfully genuine - apology makes it easier for Chaucer to "repeat" the stories which are likely to offend, as he has effectively distanced himself from their crude nature. As well as denying all responsibility for the tales, although Chaucer himself clearly wrote them originally, this explanation is likely to have a positive effect on the reader, making them all the more keen to read the bawdy stories. His pilgrim's character's reservations about repeating the tales are similar to the Host's reluctance to allow the Miller to tell his tale. The Knight had told a story very much in keeping with his personality; "a noble storie" which will clearly be a great contrast to the Miller's coarse language which is to come. The Miller is a bold character who is dishonest, crude and admits to loving lewd stories. Much animal imagery is used to describe the man; "His berd as any sowe or fox was reed" and "a toft of herys, Reed as the bristles of a sowes eres" are examples of the very powerful imagery Chaucer uses to portray him. In the medieval science of physiognomy aimed to determine people's characters based on their physical appearances, red hair and large nostrils were said to indicate anger, foolishness and lechery - all of which are characteristics of the Miller."

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