Get to know The Miller!
- The Miller's occupation was to work in a mill. The Mills was an invention in the era and was build to pump water and grind grain.
- The need for this occupation was highly needed in this time period for survival. Farming was a big need in this time period. Without them there will be no one to pump water and grind grain. There would be no farming, no crops.
- The Miller's social standing was ranked 3rd in power after the lord manor and the parish priest, though he was considered immoral low class.
- The Miller's day to day life would most likely be going to work in the mills to pump water and grind grains.
- Some of the details that Chaucer does not include about the Miller is that he works in the mills, working there is a hard task and comes with many hours of work.
- A modern day occupation that might correspond to The Miller could be working in a steel mill company because working in a steel mill company is a hard task and requires many hours of work just like working in the mills. So it'll be something he is use to, common hours and amount of work that is done.
Examination of Text
- Lines 562-577 & lines 582 describes The Miller's physical appearance
- Lines 575 & 577-581 describes The Miller's personality
- Specific words that help to my understanding of how the Miller is, are ¨...his mighty mouth was like a furnace door.--- A wrangler and buffoon... His was a master-hand at stealing grain. He felt it with his thumb and thus he knew its quality and took three times his due...¨
- Variations of Middle to Modern English - Nones - Stones
- N'ould - Could
- Sowè's- Sow's
- Blackè - Black
- Wearèd - Wore
Analysis of the Passage
Chap: Man or Boy.
Spade: A sturdy digging tool having a thick handle and heavy, flat blade that can be pressed in the ground with a foot.
Sixteen- stone: 224 pounds.
Buckler: A small or round shield, carried or worn on the arm.
Stout: Bulky in figure, thickset or corpulent.