It seems that all of my comments on The Canterbury Tales revolve around the status of medieval women. "The Franklin's Tale" is no exception.
"The Franklin's Tale" is my least-liked story from The Canterbury Tales. Within these pages, Chaucer tells the tale of countless women in history. He seems to suggest that women should be free.... but then proposes that wholesome women will commit suicide rather than be defiled by men.
It is interesting that women are left between these two options. What about the perpetrators? I realize the time era of the prose, but realistically, these sentiments continue to be propagated in contemporary society. Contemporary women are not told to chose between rape and suicide... but we are taught to not 'invite' sexual abuse through our clothes or demeanour.
Maybe some things never change.
Chaucer, Geoffrey. The Canterbury Tales. New York: Barnes and Noble Classics, 2006.