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Woods, Marjorie Curry. "Chaucer the Rhetorician: Criseyde and Her Family." 20 (1985): 28-39.
Traditional rhetorical training taught writers to approach charactrers from either a positive or a negative point of view. Chaucer uses Criseyde's family to highlight the development of her character, first demonstrating how her actions differ from theirs, then revealing how her behavior is similar to theirs. In Troilus and Criseyde Chaucer also depicts other characters both positively and negatively in accordance with rhetorical tradition.