The Miller’s story portrays not only the Miller’s expected vulgar and deceptive characteristics but also his surprisingly sympathetic nature. In his attempt to surpass the Knight, the Miller sacrifices decorum for the sake of entertainment, demonstrating his coarse and rebellious nature. The bawdy imagery the Miller provides gradually becomes more descriptive as the tale progresses. For example, when first traveling with the Miller, Chaucer listens to the Miller bellow “his ballads and jokes of harlotries” and describes him as a “sow” (1712). These facts exemplify that the Miller is a person more of body than of mind.
While Irving may poke fun at the idea of a simplistic moral, a clear maxim that one can easily digest, he nevertheless infuses his work with a message. If any “moral” could be taken from “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” it is that there are some places where reason cannot guide us. The possibility of a place where reason and rationality are no longer useful is a direct and sharp critique of the ideals of the Enlightenment. Through his “tools of the trade” as a storyteller, Irving effectively denounces the limits of Enlightenment thinking, and opens the door for the possibilities of Romanticism and the Gothic.
To display the characters’ flaws, Shakespeare uses three main characters: Hamlet, Ophelia, and Claudius. Hamlet’s downfall is demonstrated through his flaw of inaction. Ophelia lacks self-confidence and opinion, and has to obey men like her father, Polonius. Claudius’s greed for power is the reason for his tragic fall. In Shakespeare tragic play Hamlet, the characters’ flaws of Hamlet, Ophelia, and Claudius makes them victims of their flaw.
Discuss Chaucer's comic method in the Miller's Prologue and Tale. Combine your personal response with reference to other critical opinion at relevent points in your argument. The Miller's Tale is undoubtedly Chaucer's most crude and vulgar work, but how far did Chaucer intend for there to be a moral to his story? Are we supposed to sympathise with the jealous but 'sely' carpenter when the wife whom 'he lovede moore than his lyf' is unfaithful to him? Should we take pity on Absolon when his 'love-longynge' leads him to the riotous 'misplaced kiss'?
The poem lists several ways in which people hurt those that they love. With Lennie, this is entirely unintentional. He never means harm to anyone, but with the capricious way in which he treats everything he wants to love, it is inevitable. Curlie's wife simply disregards the needs of others to satisfy her own, and this is willful selfishness. In Candy and George's case, however, the harm is deliberate, but not malicious.
Chaucer has added this reference to add humour as john is portrayed as being foolish for not knowing about Cato, which would have been a common view, held by the Medieval people. All in all, the Miller’s Tale’s bawdy and humorous nature could be seen as convincing and well suited to a drunken ‘cherl’ like the Miller. However, the references to education, philosophy, the sophisticated and complex structure employed and the consistent imagery makes it unconvincing and impossible that the Miller could have told this story. To conclude, I do not believe that a drunken cherl would tell a tale so beautifully structured and delightfully crafted.
The General Prologue tells us that the Miller is lecherous, dishonest, clever, and eloquent. If you read the General Prologue carefully enough, the outline and themes of "The Miller's Tale" should not surprise you in the least.
Emilia on the other hand was more dishonest she stole the handkerchief which was a rising point for Othello. When Iago is creating his plan against Othello, he comments that “The Moor is of a free and open nature,/ That thinks men honest that but seem to be so,/and will as tenderly be led by the nose/ as asses are” Poor Othello was fooled because he was so honest and yet portrayed everyone else to be Carrillo 4 especially his “honest” soldier, but despite all the damage Iago created he did get caught and nobody truly won. As the famous saying goes “The truth always comes out in the wash” and here in “Othello” it did.
He states in song that perhaps Kent and the king could take over his job, since they are behaving as better fools than he. He admonishes Lear for being old before he became wise. The Fool displays a deep understanding of corruption. His speech on the night "to cool a courtesan" depicts priests that do not follow their own sermons and nobles who wait on their servants. Quite unlike a fool, the Fool understands the complexity of the politics going on in the play.
Lies are meant to be between the people creating them, but usually are not. When lies are revealed it can be as a slap to the face, leaving behind a bruise that never fades. Othello, “The Moor of Venice,” was a good man, who had influence and control over men, and loved his newly wed wife Desdemona. Othello’s downfall occurred because of Iago, his adviser, becoming obsessed with ruining his life, for his own se... ... middle of paper ... ...a, in order to get the person on the other side to admit they are at fault. Regardless of the situation, what was revealed to these characters did not create an outcome they expected.