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The "Miller's Tale" (TY Advanced Lit Guides) Paperback – 31 Aug 2001

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Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself Books (31 Aug. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340803010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340803011
  • Package Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.2 x 1 cm
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Format: 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.
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