WOMEN IN "CANTERBURY TALES".
Author's depictions of women in 'Wife of Bath's Tale' & 'Nun's Priest's Tale.' Cultural background, love, sexuality, relations with men, marriage, feminism, religion, morality.
Geoffrey Chaucer presents a broad portrait of life in his Canterbury Tales both in the pilgrims themselves and in the characters in... more
Geoffrey Chaucer presents a broad portrait of life in his Canterbury Tales both in the pilgrims themselves and in the characters in their stories. The women in these tales are neither better nor worse than they should be, and they are much more realistically portrayed than the idealized women of many other writers of the era. They can be hypocritical and they can be saintly. They are sensual women pursued by and often pursuing men, and they can also be both as base as or nobler than the men. Membership in the church is not an assurance of nobility for either sex. The church women, like the church men, are very human. The Prioress is a woman of the church, while the Wife of Bath is a worldly woman, and they are very much alike in many ways. The Wife of Bath can be seen as a character exhibiting