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Girls and Love In Chaucer Chaucer's view of women as well as his views on love are very prominently featured in his poetry. Focusing on girls, one must first analyze the popular views concerning girls during Chaucer's time. Arlyn Diamond writes of Chaucer that, "... he takes uneasily the medieval view of women as better or worse than men, but never quite the same." (Green ) This is evident from Chaucer's portrayal of women in such poems as "The Wife of Bath" and "The Clerk's Tale" which attack the reader with antithetical views of girls. The Wife of Bath is among the most memorable figures Chaucer ever made. She's considered, in view of Diamond's announcement, to be better than the guys in her life. Patient Griselda at "The Clerk's Tale" is a peasant woman, married to a nobleman, who tests her devotion through a series of ordeals in which she is lead to believe her children to be murdered. In this tale Chaucer is exposing his reader to a woman who's beneath her husband, and is treated horribly by him. Chaucer often treats the girls he writes about as items, a few prize to be obtained by the epic man. This is evident in "The Knight's Tale," in which the two protagonists, Palamon and Arcite, war over the hand of Emily, who they've never met, but only gazed upon by a distance. Their devotion for her branches not from love, however, the desire of men to contain and manage the women surrounding them. Now on to the subject of love. Chaucer writes in "The Knight's Tale" of a love based on physical beauty, in which the two protagonists fall in love at first sight. This is a common instrument used in medieval literature to create conflict between characters. "The Book of the Duchess" focuses on the real love between the Black Knight, and the White Woman. This allows Chaucer to learn more about the nature of love in context. Chaucer's Wife of Bath is a lady who demands the men in her life to become subservient. The reader gains from her prologue which she's worried about sovereignty, which she views as the command or command in the relationship. She does not seem to truly love any of her husbands. The first three are older men whom she seems to marry for their money. They pass fast leaving her with riches, standing, and the chance to find herself a appropriate person. Her fourth husband was a profligate, a man of loose morals, that retains.