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Nikul Patel 171103 Beginning with line 115 examine the ways in which Chaucer presents Alison in the Millers Tale Alison is representative of many things in the millers tale for example she is a catalyst for much of the events in the book and she is also there for purposes of ornamentation The first and major appearance of Alison is in line 115 to line 162 This is Alisons description Chaucer is writing the millers tale as a parody of the knights tale So as the woman the men were fighting over in the millers tale was described with honourable intentions the Miller is very much a different character and Chaucer needs Alison to be described with the most sex appeal This is sort of mocking towards the knights ideals and virtues Chaucer is writing for two audiences the fictional audience of the pilgrims on their way to Canterbury and the actual audience reading the tale Alison has to fulfill many requirements she has to be perceived as desirable to the fictional male characters of the pilgrims and she also has to create a suitable parody to the knights tale for the 2nd actual audience The description starting on line 115 is almost entirely physical on one level but some of the descriptive techniques are figurative so it can be argued that there are descriptions that denote some sort of metaphysical description For example the simile of Alison as a wezele on line 126 can be linked with many things It may be indicating she is young and flexible physically which has certain sexual applications it also can be indicating her flexible morality eg she is easily persuaded by Nicholas to sleep with him Figurative language is Chaucers way of using Alison as the desirable object of this tale he is trying to portray this to his first fictional audience of the pilgrims It also helps to further develop the parody of
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