Feminism In The Canterbury Tales

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In the 21st century, many women have been successful because of feminism. Women empowerment in our current time is a lot strong than in the Medieval period, but it is still weak. In “The Canterbury Tales” by Chaucer it represents strong feminist characters in, “The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale”. The characters such as a Wife of Bath, an old hag, and also a Queen from “Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale,” play a feminist character in the male-dominated society during that time. Through these three characters, we see strong examples of feminism.
There were only two female storytellers in the book. One was “Wife of Bath,” and other was “Prioress”, but Wife of Bath have more experience under her belt than Prioress. Wife of Bath has traveled many places in the world for pilgrimages. Not only has she seen many different people and place, but also she was married for five times. She sees the world and experiences that she had, in the world in two way, which is love and sex. To support her view of love and sex she uses her twisted understanding of the Bibles and from The Canterbury Tales (and The Wife of Bath’s Tale specifically) she states that, “All I know for sure is, God has plainly bidden us to increase and multiply” (page 150). In the “Wife of Bath’s Prologue” in the “The Canterbury Tales” by Chaucer, The Wife of Bath presents a very confusing portrait of a woman in the book. On one hand, she was very vocal about her sexual life and how she uses her sexual powers to
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