Consider the ways in which the Miller presents John the Carpenter in

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Consider the ways in which the Miller presents John the Carpenter in

The Miller's Tale.

In your answer you should pay particular attention;

- Vocabulary and style

- Form

- Any other features of language you consider to be important

John the Carpenter is a character who Chaucer uses to make an example

of someone who is extremely gullible. To some extent, the nature of

which he is gullible can often be unbelievable because some of the

things he does are of a farcical nature;

"Y-geten us thise kneeding-tubbes three,

Than shaltou hang hem in the roof full hye"

The Carpenter is a central character in the plot because he is the

person who the majority of the 'jokes' and farces are based upon. The

fact that he has such a gullible nature means that he is easily

tricked into believing anything of an absurd nature, this usually

being from Nicholas. Also, as the tale develops, we actually see it

becoming even more stupid. These farcical situations all create to the

main theme of the tale which s the mocking of the Fabliaux and

Courtley Love.

John is presented to the reader as a character who is extremely

jealous and possessive of his wife. Then when John's gullibility leads

him to believe Nicholas pronouncement that a second flood is coming,

John foolishly accepts and believes what he is saying, giving Nicholas

the opportunity to sleep with John's wife. Chaucer therefore presents

John as getting what he deserved due to his jealous nature. However,

Chaucer gives an equal balance to John's character; some character

traits allow to him be rather dim and gullible, but also at the same

time he shows a kind and caring nature. This is shown, when after

finding out about the flood, his main concern is f...

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important, and Alison as predominantly having the rule over both the

other two men. However, Chaucer presents the carpenter as being the

opposite of how a stereotypical man is. Usually, it would be the man

who powers of the woman, yet in the tale we see a reverse in roles,

thus showing the carpenter as being weak and unable to defend himself

against the strong nature of his wife.

Once again, the whole image of the carpenter being gullible and his

wife having 'the upper-hand', adds to the farce which the whole tale

is, and contributes to mocking the theme of Courtley Love and the

Fabliaux. The Miller is merely presented in the way he is, so that a

light-hearted, humouress tone can be added to the tale. The acts of

foolish carpenter make unlikely situations occur which are simply

laughable at; creating an entertaining tone for the audience.

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