Chaucer, the Puppet Master: Role and Significance of Depiction in Festive Function
Keywords:Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales, Robyn the Miller, The Miller's Tale,
The idea of the puppet show where there is one puppet-master, telling tales from behind the puppets he is manipulating on strings seemed to reflect in Chaucer and the Canterbury Tales on so many levels. In this paper I look at the function of the Canterbury Tales from the functional role of Chaucer’s “puppets”, the pilgrims. As I look at the influences that shaped Chaucer as he constructed them, I also look at the various functions these constructs fulfilled.
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