Customer Review

4.0 out of 5 stars A great help!, 19 Jun 2007
This review is from: The "Miller's Tale" (TY Advanced Lit Guides) (Paperback)
Firstly, I'm going to type up the contents list as not much information is listed about this great study aid.

CONTEXT

- Chaucer's life

- Background and upbringing

- What are the Cantebury Tales?

- What else did Chaucer write?

- Historical and social background

- Words and concepts

- The social structure

- The Church

- The monarchy

- The status of women

- Literary background

SUMMARIES

- The Prologue

- The Tale

CHARACTERIZATION

- The Miller

- John

- Alison

- Nicholas

- Absolon

THEMES

- Secrecy

- Ignorance and superstition

- Pride and vanity

- Love and lust

LANGUAGE, STYLE AND STRUCTURE

- Reading aloud

- Poets' debt to Chaucer

- Chaucer's language

- Pronunciation

- Language and characterization

- Proverbs

- Alliteration and onomatopeoia

- Imagery

- Links between the Prologue and Tale

- How does The Miller's Tale fit in with other Tales?

- Parody

- How does Chaucer make the plot credible?

- Narrative voice

- Pace shifts and shifts of focus

- Music and religion

- Morality and values in the tale

COMMENTARY ON THE PROLOGUE

COMMENTARY ON THE TALE

CRITICAL APPROACHES

HOW TO GET AN 'A' IN ENGLISH LITERATURE

THE EXAM ESSAY

MODEL ANSWER AND ESSAY PLAN

GLOSSARY OF LITERARY TERMS

I used this book while studying The Miller's Tale for A Level English. At first, I thought I was doomed to fail because I'd never studied a text this old before, but by using this guide (coupled with Oxford World's Classics modern translation. ISBN: 0-19-283360-X) I was able to better understand the Tale and enjoy it. It didn't hurt that I got an A in the process!

The blurb claims that the book "make[s] use of the latest scientific knowledge on how the brain works best" to propel the reader to a higher grade. Whatever the book does, it works, and Tony Buzan's mind maps are especially helpful. I definitely prefer this book to the York Guides most of my friends used - it's no way near as stale as the York Guides and really did help me.

I've written this review partly because I'm selling my old copy through the Amazon marketplace, but also to provide more information on a book that I think knocks spots off the more commonly used ones. If you don't buy it from me, try to find it elsewhere :)
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

4.0 out of 5 stars (1 customer review)
5 star:    (0)
4 star:
 (1)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
Used & New from: 0.01
Add to wishlist
Reviewer


Location: Cheshire, UK

Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,572,092