Whether anti-semitism was a cultural norm and accepted during the medieval era or not, a nun is meant to be pious and loving therefore, besserman concludes, “chaucer was out to problematize an affirmative reading of the prioress’s piety” (66) the anti-semitism emphasizes the prioress’s hypocrisy.
The canterbury tales, a collection of stories by geoffrey chaucer, was written during the middle ages - an unstable period in western european history the crises of the late middle ages - the great famine, the black death, the hundred years' war, and the peasants' revolt (goldsmith 417) - led to drastic societal change and social mobility. Throughout geoffrey chaucer’s the canterbury tales, chaucer writes about a group of pilgrims who take turns telling tales these tales often reflect stories about the character’s lives, estates, experiences, or subconscious feelings.
Antisemitism (also spelled anti-semitism or anti-semitism) is hostility to, prejudice, or discrimination against jews    a person who holds such positions is called an antisemite antisemitism is generally considered to be a form of racism.
Over the past fifty years, scholars have asked whether the anti-semitism in the tale is that of the prioress or of chaucer the pilgrim or of chaucer the author or, indeed, whether one ought to discuss anti-semitism in theprioress's taleat all, considering the potential anachronism of expecting medieval texts to conform to contemporary ideologies.
Chaucer, you sly, sly dog the prioress' tale is, without a doubt, anti-semitic there's no way around it - it just is but, chaucer does something with that chaucer puts that tale in the mouth of a prioress - a woman sworn to god. A folktale and chaucer become inspiration for shylock the merchant of venice and the jew of malta weren’t the only classic english literary tales to be associated with antisemitism one such example came from geoffrey chaucer’s collection, the canterbury tales.
One cheer for philip kennicott for calling attention to the anti-semitic screed in the royal shakespeare company's canterbury tales [chaucer's slurring words, arts, may 7] but he was off in. Anti-semitism in chaucer's prioress's tale created date: 20160801193256z.
Anti-semitic tone in the prioress’s tale by lanette calvetti authentic assessment english 309 october 27, 2013 2 was the prioress’s tale an illustration of chaucer’s disdain for jews.
Ideology, antisemitism, and chaucer’s prioress’s tale by lawrence besserman we may wait as long for the “end of ideology” as the positivists have waited for the end of religion.