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Most of the Canterbury tales emphasize men and women and the roles that they play Specifically in marriage Geoffrey Chaucer has etched out a tradition of literary brilliance He has taken it upon himself to reverse roles and give women favor over the men In this way Chaucer is considered as a pioneer In several of his tales women are aggressive self-willed and powerful Some of Chaucers male characters are against tradition too Men in the Chaucers tales are passive nave and weak Not all the men in the tales are as I just described but enough of them are in order to make a literary impact Two excellent examples of Chaucers reversed roles appear in two excellent tales The Wife Of Baths Tale and The Millers Tale In these tales we see men who must solve riddles men who sleep in tubs above houses and men who get what they deserve Many authors are influenced by this new way of displaying male and female roles We can see the impact of Chaucers work in other texts where female characters are liberated and influential In the novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte we see another example of a woman who is aggressive and self-willed We even see a man who is reliant and passive Before we take a look at Brontes female character we need to revert back to Chaucer In The Wife Of Baths Tale the first female character introduced in very controversial The wife of bath is a woman who has been married five times She expresses this openly without any shame It is almost like she is proud of it My Lords since when I was but twelve years old Five husbands have I had at the church door Chaucer 258 A woman of that time was usually looked down upon if she were a widow Men assisted widows in time of need but they would never
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