Study Guide

The Canterbury Tales: The Miller's Tale Narrator Point of View

By Geoffrey Chaucer

Narrator Point of View

Third Person (Limited Omniscient)

Although our narrator prefers for the most part to let the characters' actions, appearance, and dialogue speak for themselves, he does on occasion provide us insight into their minds. For instance, we learn that all Nicholas's "fantasye," or strong desire, is directed toward acquiring a knowledge of fortune-telling, that John is jealous about Alisoun, and that Absolon is "somdeel squaymous / Of fartyng, and of speche daungerous" (229-230). These are hardly deep or complex revelations, but they are the reason we must call this narrator limited omniscient rather than totally objective: he does have some insight that a casual observer wouldn't.

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