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Does the Cit des Dames ultimately present female virtue as essentially passiveWomen in the Middle Ages were responsible for many different roles They mostly maintained the position of a loyal wife and caring mother and sometimes worked as peasants or looked after their household They were obliged to obey their husbands will and be devoted to them otherwise they were often punished to remain disciplined They usually were constrained as to how they should behave and position themselves in society in order to look courteous Women in Christine de Pizans narrative La Cit des Dames were developed into objects of desire and were the ultimate epitomes of beauty and chastity who pleasured and tempted men Due to their actions and sometimes naive attitude they submitted to mens demands and were often mistreated or raped However Christine as well introduces in La Cit some women who were as intelligent and powerful as men She disregards any existing prejudice about ingenuous women showing in this way that equality between men and women does exist Most of them were capable of inventing and discovering new ideas that were truly useful at the time and others were talented in writing and composing It is thanks to those women that humanity has progressed Moreover she talks about holy women who martyred for their faith in their love of God and contradicted themselves to the stereotyped women Therefore we could argue that Christine has succeeded in demonstrating their inner personality and qualities of bravery intelligence and brilliance and be as praiseworthy as menChristine points out than women shouldnt be a mans property because they are valuable beings of intellect and mind and capable of inventing things on their own She gives the example of Minerva in order to support her thought Minerva invented extraordinary things because she had a broad knowledge of ideas - Son habilet et sa vive intelligence ne se bornaient pas un seul domaine mais stendaient
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