The Canterbury Tales

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In The Canterbury Tales, written by Geoffrey Chaucer, the stereotypes and roles in society are reexamined and made new through the characters in the book. Chaucer discusses different stereotypes and separates his characters from the social norm by giving them highly ironic and/or unusual characteristics. Specifically, in the stories of The Wife of Bath and The Miller’s Tale, Chaucer examines stereotypes of women and men and attempts to define their basic wants and needs. In the Miller’s Tale, the story tells of a carpenter and his wife, Allison and how she is pursued by multiple men. The first man to pursue her is Nicolas, a man boarding with the Miller. When the carpenter is away he begins flirting with Allison in hopes of making…show more content…
The stereotypes that Chaucer presents are easy to see, however the moral of the miller’s tale is a bit more hidden. As a whole the tale reflects the idea that one should not marry such a young and pretty women. It is an idea that Chaucer continually pursues throughout the book and further explains during the Tale of the Wife of Bath. In Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, the Wife of Bath’s Tale focuses on women stereotypes and the essence of what it is that women really want. As the Wife of Bath begins her tale, she discusses her past and her lovers in order to give one insight on her life. From the outset, she establishes her self as being experienced in the arena of marriage due to the fact that she has had 5 husbands. She believes that her sexual promiscuity can coexist with the teachings of the bible and she is in no wrong for doing what she did. However she describes how she would use her sexual power to control her husbands. It seems as if Chaucer is stating that women are typically sexually promiscuous and use sex as leverage against men. Chaucer continues his dialogue over women in the tale immediately following. The tale speaks of a knight going on a quest to find what women really
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