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Portrayal of Men and Women in Medieval Literature

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How are men and women portrayed in medieval literature as opposed to other time periods? What are the differences?

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As you characterize gender roles during this era, it is vital to note how feudalism caused the emphasis upon chivalry, which definitely affected gender roles and dynamics due to the highly idealized manners, social norms, and morals. Men in these epics tended to exude heroic, macho, knightly chivalry. They aimed to exude bravery and loyalty as in Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, for example.

However, unlike the weak, submissive damsel in distress role that women ...

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Brief, personal notes are generated to validate how gender roles and dynamics are portrayed in medieval literature as opposed to other time periods.

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