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Oliver Thompson English 4 with Mr Edson November 3 2000 Women in the Canterbury Tales Throughout the Canterbury Tales women are treated as objects In the Knights Tale a beautiful maiden is sought after by two men men willing to do whatever it takes to have her The carpenter in the Millers Tale married a young and beautiful women and she is pursued by two men because of her beauty Two students exact revenge upon a miller in the Reeves Tale by sleeping with his wife and daughter taking their revenge on the miller by violating his possessions Finally in the Wife of Baths Tale a knight rapes a woman and then despises his wife because she is ugly and poor By acting this way the knight displays ignorance in his attitude towards women treating them as nothing more than objects Women in the Canterbury Tales are often given a worth defined by their looks upbringing and wealth Women are not sought after for their intelligence knowledge ability or wisdom It is only in the end of the Wife of Baths Tale that Chaucer uses the knight and the old woman as an example of how men should view women and how there is more to women than beauty and money The Knights Tale puts a beautiful woman on pedestal likening her to a goddess Two prisoners fall in love with this woman Emily without knowing anything about her desires her ambitions or her personality The two men want her for her beauty treating her like a sports car or a trophy wife It goes so far as there is a contest and the winner receives Emily as the prize Ready by battle to decide his claim To Emily 52 The Knights Tale exemplifies chivalry yet despite this women are still objectified and viewed as possessions not human beings The woman in the Millers Tale is a young wife of an old carpenter He
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