Gender Roles And Hyper Masculinity In Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
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In the middle ages, gender roles and hyper masculinity were far more prevalent than they are in our society today. Anglo Saxon masculinity led to the belief that men should hold authority over women, because of their role as warriors. Geoffrey Chaucer’s tale, “The Wife Of Bath prologue and the tale” materializes these patriarchal ideals. The Wife of Bath’s lifestyle was a rebellion against the social and gender norms in Anglo-Saxon era. And despite the tale’s themes of male superiority and hypermasculinity, it also stands as a rebellion against gender stereotypes in terms of the women in the story holding the sovereignty.
Since the beginning of time, men were the providers and held sovereignty and women remained subservient because of patriarchal ideologies embedded in our cultures. The Wife of Bath tells a story of a woman who refused to conform to gender roles. Although there’s controversy over whether The Wife of Bath perpetuated negative depictions of women rather than dismantling them, there’s no doubt that she contradicted the woman’s “proper sphere” with the life she led. This story is the only of Canterbury tales that reverses the roles of women and men.
In the Wife of Bath Prologue, The Wife of Bath exhibits the same behaviors of a man. She’s sexually liberated and marries as she pleases, utilizing men with her sexuality. In all five of her marriages, she holds the power and her husband’s remain subservient, assuming the role of a woman. She rebels against the life