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Flashcards in The Merchant's Tale Critics Deck (18)
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1

Bartlett
(Religious view of women)

“All women are equal to Eve and are therefore the Devil’s gateway on earth”

2

Simmons-O’Neill
(Chaucer’s view)

“Traditional misogynist view”

3

Simmons-O’Neill
(Women)

“Traditional misogynist justification of the view that women are not to be trusted”

4

Allen
(Church and treatment of women)

“Anti-feminist teaching emanating from pulpits and manuscripts”

5

Allen
(The importance of the Church)

“The Catholic Church was the most highly influential aspect of medieval society”

6

Damian
(Eve)

“Eve was Satans bait poison for men’s souls”

7

Gist
(Marriage)

“Marriage was an enforced legal contract designed to secure... economic advances”

8

Bartlett
(Marriage)

“Strict confines of Christian matrimony”

9

Bartlett
(Courtly love)

“infiltrating wider medieval culture”
“Fantasy of the devoted knightly lover”

10

Allen
(World view)

“Idealised view of a ‘world order’... [was] never fully achievable”

11

Bartlett
(Love and marriage)

“Belief that true love only exists outside of marriage”

12

Bartlett
(Love)

“Seeking to gain love against the odds”

13

Shores
(The tale overall)

“Cynical condemnation of courtly convention”

14

Schleusener

“All good feelings Chaucer’s audience might have about love and marriage are demolished”

15

Tatlock
(Religion and marriage)

“Religion itself is bemocked”

16

Tolliver
(May)

“Made of masculine fantasy”

17

Wagenkhecht
(January)

“January’s blindness is the physical counterpart of the ignorance of marriage and women he has shown all along”

18

Kelly
(Marriage)

“Mutual love between spouses is notably absent”