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The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer and Paradise Lost by John Milton both show how big the role was by women to contribute to the downfall of man Each of these authors portrays womens actions in different ways Chaucer in his female pilgrimages thought of women has having an evil-like quality which was that they always tempt and take from men They were shown as untrustworthy selfish and vain He shows these examples greatly in the The Wife of Bath The Prioress and Nuns Priest Tale tales Milton in his view of women shows how they were submissive to man in his portrayal of Eve in the Garden of Eden The Wife of Bath represents the extreme in regards to female stereotypes of the Middle Ages Unlike most of the women being undistinguished during the Middle Ages she has a mind of her own and speaks out She speaks greatly of herself and loves to show off whenever she can She intimidates men and women alike due to the power she possesses Because of her attitude Chaucer makes her obese and toothless Doubtlessly she is very ugly almost to the point of not presentable She also had five different husbands and countless affairs thus breaking innocent mens hearts The Wife of Bath brings up many valid points but Chaucer disregards her opinion because of her social class and looks when in reality she is really wise It is as if her intelligence is forgotten by the fact that she is a woman and considered a whore Now in the Prioress Tale Chaucer describes the Prioress as a loving elegant person who is well mannered and above all loving The Prioress is a very tenderhearted person who cant stand the site of pain and suffering This represented that she has a weak soul with low tolerance for hardships By this representation Chaucer was stating that women are wary and frightened members of society
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