Comparing The Ways That Mcewan, The Taming Of The Shrew And The Miller 's Prologue And Tale

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Compare and contrast the ways that McEwan, Shakespeare and Chaucer present central female characters in Atonement, The Taming of the Shrew and The Miller’s Prologue and Tale.

Miller’s Tale
The Miller’s tale is one of 24 selected stories from Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. The Tales are primarily written in verse, with the author telling tales through observation in which he creates an image of what English society was at the time. This is done through description of stock characters, with the narration being mostly in a pragmatic, satirical tone, but being discreet in doing so. The Canterbury Tales are highly insightful of medieval society, such as cultural rules and morals, relationships amongst genders and classes and social structure; thus giving a more essential idea on the different types of ideas and views on women in Chaucer’s period.
As a whole, Chaucer’s depiction of female characters throughout The Canterbury Tales itself varies, however, all of these characters reflect and symbolize women and their historical roles in the 14th century; being, women in this particular period were to be always complacent and obedient towards men, be it for the men who were their legal owner’s or in ordinary culture.
Chaucer involves himself with the status of women in society, noting how undesirable the position is, (of constant objectification and often outright malicious vilification) reminding the reader of the harsh situations forced upon them; such suppression of…

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