Poetic Justice in the "Miller's Tale."

Author / Editor
Olson, Paul A.

Poetic Justice in the "Miller's Tale."

Modern Language Quarterly 24 (1963): 227-36.

Argues that the "static portraiture" in MilT establishes "character traits precisely" for the main characters so that the plot may "punish" these traits and convey "comic moral justice." Explores connections between Carpenter John and Oswald the Reeve, between Robin, John's servant, and Robin the Miller, and between Alisoun and Alison of Bath, as well as viewing John, Absolon, and Nicholas as types of avarice, pride, and lechery, respectively.

Chaucer Subjects
Miller and His Tale
Style and Versification
Reeve and His Tale
Wife of Bath and Her Tale