Chaucer's Treatment Of Women In The Canterbury Tales

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1- Miller’s Tale As a whole, Chaucer’s depiction of female characters throughout The Canterbury Tales itself varies, however, all of these characters reflect and symbolize women and their historical roles in the 14th century; being, women in this particular time were to be always submissive and obedient towards men, be it for the men who were their legal owner’s or in ordinary culture. Chaucer involves himself with the status of women in society, noting how undesirable the position is, (of constant objectification and often outright malicious vilification) reminding the reader of the harsh situations forced upon them; such repression was to ensure the female’s lowliness to the male’s authority at the time. This restraint was mostly from members in the clergy, using their overall supremacy and influence to debase women of power, defaming the female sex as a whole and forcing them to obey. Their disparage was established upon the knowledge that in the Bible, it was Eve who committed the first sin and then tempted Adam to do the same; meaning that women must also be responsible for other sins that are committed by men.…show more content…
Initially, the Miller projects his own opinion on women in his prologue, saying that women are not at all trustworthy, as every man is always in danger of cuckoldry if he is married. Only the men who are not married are not in danger of such a disgrace. “Who hath no wyf, he is no

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