Create a 4 page essay paper that discusses Geoffrey Chaucers Canterbury Tales.
It is generally recognised that Chaucer’s portraits, like his settings and other extended uses of description, work deeply into themes and plots of the narrative. The Miller’s Tale, along with The Reeve’s Tale, has been greatly celebrated as the best example of Chaucer’s so-called fabliaux and it clearly reflects the poet’s application of the rhetorical style to stories of low life.
As Charles Muscatine asserts, the effect of Chaucer’s portraits is greatly influenced by devices such as the placement or suppression of details and the “portrait of Alisoun in The Miller’s Tale depends on a submerged conventionalism, both in arrangement and in the categories of things described. Without it the rural imagery would lose some of its charm and meaning.” (Muscatine 1999, P. 10). A profound exploration of the elements of style used by Chaucer in the Miller’s description of Alisoun in The Miller’s Tale, such as features of grammar, diction, imagery, figurative language and rhyme, can bring out the effectiveness of Chaucer’s poetic style in relation to the themes and plots of the narrative. Along with this discussion, the paper undertakes an analysis of what the passage reveals about the Miller’s attitude towards women in comparison to Knight’s description of Emelye, in The Knight’s Tale.
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