Literary Conflict in "The Miller's Tale"

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The Canterbury Tales - Conflict in "The Miller's Tale"

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Storyboarding is an excellent way to focus on types of literary conflict. Have your students choose an example of each literary conflict and depict them using the storyboard creator.

In the storyboard, an example of each conflict should be visually represented, along with an explanation of the scene, and how it fits the particular category of conflict. There are two separate plot lines in “The Miller’s Tale”. Have your students track one or both!

Examples of Literary Conflict in “The Miller’s Tale”

MAN vs. MAN

Absolon decides to take his revenge on Alisoun for sticking her rear end out of the window, instead of her mouth, for him to kiss. He goes to get a hot poker.


MAN vs. SELF

Alisoun is reluctant to begin cheating on her husband, John, with Nicholas, at first.


MAN vs. SOCIETY

After being made a cuckold by Alisoun and Nicholas and falling for the “second flood” scheme, John is mocked by his neighbors, townspeople, and Alisoun and Nicholas for his naivety and foolishness.



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Create a storyboard that shows at least three forms of literary conflict in one of the Canterbury Tales.


  1. Identify conflicts in your selected tale.
  2. Categorize each conflict as Character vs. Character, Character vs. Self, Character vs. Society, Character vs. Nature, or Character vs. Technology.
  3. Illustrate conflicts in the cells, using characters from the story.
  4. Write a short description of the conflict below the cell.
  5. Save and submit the assignment.

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