THE MILLER’S TALE Kelsey Brower, Liz Middleton, Annie White, Katie MacPhee
THE MILLER <ul><li>Physical Characteristics, Clothing, Accessories  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strong </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><l...
THE MILLER <ul><li>Words, Experiences, Personality traits </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Drunk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pushy </l...
THE MILLER <ul><li>Peasant class  </li></ul><ul><li>-Low class, farmer, drunk, crass </li></ul><ul><li>Inferences </li></u...
THE MILLER <ul><li>Main Characters </li></ul><ul><li>- Nicholas-  A poor man that studies astrology and has knowledge of h...
THE MILLER <ul><li>Setting </li></ul><ul><li>-Oxford </li></ul><ul><li>Conflict </li></ul><ul><li>-Although Alison is marr...
THE MILLER <ul><li>Resolution </li></ul><ul><li>-Alison and Nicholas manage to keep their affair a secret by convincing Jo...
THE MILLER <ul><li>Themes </li></ul><ul><li>-Deceitfulness </li></ul><ul><li>~Nicholas and Alison go behind John’s back an...
THE MILLER <ul><li>Themes </li></ul><ul><li>-Desire is disguised as true love </li></ul><ul><li>~Nicholas and Alison’s rel...
THE MILLER <ul><li>Genre   </li></ul><ul><li>-the genre of this tale is  fabliau , which are bawdy, comic tales that build...
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The Millers Tale

  1. 1. THE MILLER’S TALE Kelsey Brower, Liz Middleton, Annie White, Katie MacPhee
  2. 2. THE MILLER <ul><li>Physical Characteristics, Clothing, Accessories </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strong </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Red beard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wart on his nose </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Black, wide nostrils </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blue hood and white coat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sword and buckler at his side </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. THE MILLER <ul><li>Words, Experiences, Personality traits </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Drunk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pushy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rude </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Insulting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Called a fool </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. THE MILLER <ul><li>Peasant class </li></ul><ul><li>-Low class, farmer, drunk, crass </li></ul><ul><li>Inferences </li></ul><ul><li> -Chaucer says “he had a mouth like a furnace door”, illustrating his improperness </li></ul><ul><li> -He ruin’s the narrator’s plan of story telling in order of social class by drunkenly insisting on telling his story before the monk </li></ul>
  5. 5. THE MILLER <ul><li>Main Characters </li></ul><ul><li>- Nicholas- A poor man that studies astrology and has knowledge of how to charm women. His confidence and slyness aids him in winning the heart of Alison. </li></ul><ul><li>- Alison- The happy and young wife of John the carpenter, who has an affair with Nicholas. </li></ul><ul><li>- John- A wealthy carpenter who is the roommate of Nicholas. His ignorance prevents him from discovering the affair that his wife is having with Nicholas. </li></ul><ul><li>- Absalom- A merry parish clerk who spends his time trying to win the heart of Alison. </li></ul>
  6. 6. THE MILLER <ul><li>Setting </li></ul><ul><li>-Oxford </li></ul><ul><li>Conflict </li></ul><ul><li>-Although Alison is married to John, Nicholas is her secret lover. </li></ul><ul><li>-Absalom wants to win over Alison, but she does not care for him at all. </li></ul>
  7. 7. THE MILLER <ul><li>Resolution </li></ul><ul><li>-Alison and Nicholas manage to keep their affair a secret by convincing John that there will be a great flood, causing him to spend the night in a tub tied to the roof for his survival. </li></ul><ul><li>-Alison makes it clear to Absalom that she is not interested in him when she fools him into thinking he is kissing her lips, when really it is her bottom. </li></ul><ul><li>-Absalom gets his revenge by fetching a hot iron rod with the intention of burning Alison if she tries to play the same cruel trick, but instead he burns Nicholas. </li></ul>
  8. 8. THE MILLER <ul><li>Themes </li></ul><ul><li>-Deceitfulness </li></ul><ul><li>~Nicholas and Alison go behind John’s back and have an affair. </li></ul><ul><li>~Nicholas lies to John about the flood he has predicted. </li></ul><ul><li>~Nicholas denies telling John anything about the flood, causing him to appear insane to the rest of the town. </li></ul><ul><li>~Alison deceives Absalom into thinking that she will give him a kiss, when really he is tricked into kissing her bottom. </li></ul>
  9. 9. THE MILLER <ul><li>Themes </li></ul><ul><li>-Desire is disguised as true love </li></ul><ul><li>~Nicholas and Alison’s relationship was purely based on their secret affair, which overcame the bond she had with her husband, John. </li></ul><ul><li>~Absalom claiming his love for Alison was nothing more than his desire to have sex with her. </li></ul>
  10. 10. THE MILLER <ul><li>Genre </li></ul><ul><li>-the genre of this tale is fabliau , which are bawdy, comic tales that build to a ridiculous and complex climax usually hinging on some joke or trick. </li></ul><ul><li>-Nicholas’s fooling of John is the joke of the story, though his plot is somewhat marred by Absolon </li></ul><ul><li>Contemporary Counterparts </li></ul><ul><li>-Ozark legends/jokes (traveler asks to stay the night at a farmer’s house and tries to get with daughter); “The Notebook” </li></ul><ul><li>-love triangle, real vs. idealistic love; Desperate Housewives-love triangles, racy and ridiculous plotlines, etc </li></ul>
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