Feminism In The Wife Of Bath

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The Wife of Bath establishes herself as an authority on marriage, due to her extensive personal experience with the institution. Since her first marriage at the tender age of twelve, she has had five husbands for seemingly all the wrong reasons. This tale paints a very harsh image on women therefore I would like to view this tale from a feminist stand point and address the struggle for female equability and also discuss the representation of female gender roles. It portrays women in all the wrong ways and allows people to assume the worst in us. This tale includes a character that, in my personal opinion, appears to parallel a feminist of some sort. However, during this time, the pilgrims reacted negatively towards her considering feminism was thought to be an abnormal act. Regardless of what others around her thought, The Wife of Bath was shameless with her acts and displayed herself for what she really was. She was not apologetic about her multiple marriages and in fact was willing to marry again with no shame. The Wife of Bath was an open book and hid nothing. In the prologue of this tale it showed that The Wife of Bath was not exactly an upstanding women in society nor did she have any desire to be portrayed as such. Almost as soon as she began to speak in the prologue it is immediately evident that she portrays some traits of feminism. She explains her five husbands and is un apologetic about her search for a sixth. She admits to marrying for money: “I’ll tell the
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