Analysis Of Geoffrey Chaucer 's ' The Time Of Women '

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Geoffrey Chaucer is a defining figure throughout Medieval European literature, Throughout time women have been placed in a subjugated position. Men have placed themselves as the leaders but to contest the unfairness in rule feminism became a movement. Feminism is the movement, ideal set that women and men should be equal to each other in all ways. This includes socially, lawfully and any other way that would make the society better. In the time of Chaucer, the roles of women were very rigid and set in stone. Women were thought to be little more than adolescent possessions that needed taking care of and it was through this image that women were treated. They were expected to be little more than house wives that took care of children and…show more content…
In many ways throughout time and different society’s women have been reduced to the virgin hood, but how important is it really? The wife of bath implies that virginity is not a state to remain in one’s whole life. Instead she questions “and surely if no seed were sown, from what, then, could virginity be grown? (Chaucer).” The Wife of Bath maintains that if marriage is condemned by God had and he wanted people to be chaste, then where would people derive from? If there is no seed for virginity to grow and everyone are to remain pure, then how would people exist? Everyone has a skill from God and The Wife trusts that hers is sexuality. It is through religion that she makes a case for having overt sexuality. She uses the bible to back her ways of thinking because of the weight and authority that religion held. In today’s world, feminist fight for the ability to freely express their own sexuality in whatever way that may be, and though the wife of bath is not technically a feminist, her display of taking sexual autonomy is reminiscent of feminist ideals. Even though the wife of bath Is a woman of Chaucer’s time she does not value purity of virginity like her society does, “purity and body and in heart may please some-as for me I make no boast” (Chaucer). Of course, the wife of bath has been married multiple times (which is a problem within itself because having numerous
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