The Wife Of Bath, By Geoffrey Chaucer

1091 WordsDec 23, 20165 Pages
Gender roles are given, rather than created. Throughout history, women have lived in a male dominated society. “Millions are condemned to a stiller doom than mine, and millions are in silent revolt against their lot.” As Charlotte Brontë and many other authors have found, it is seemingly unfair that these roles are the way they are. Geoffrey Chaucer also explores this reality with his creation of the Wife of Bath’s Tale. Although her thoughts may have been a bit different from Brontë’s, the character portrayed in this tale explores the duality of both challenging and upholding the patriarchy simultaneously. The Wife of Bath consistently uses her own interpretations of the Bible in order to explain the logic behind her actions. The prologue of the tale serves as a means for the Wife of Bath to attempt to explain the reason as to why she has wed so many husbands. On the surface, Chaucer writes her in such a way that portrays her to be strong and radical. Although her explanations seem articulated, they are all nearly related to her odd interpretations of the bible. As she describes her frequent marriages, she uses various biblical characters in quoting, “each of them had more than two wives.” (Chaucer 56-57) In another attempt to clarify her position, she refers to Christ in teaching all of his followers to lead a life similar to his. While she recognizes this, she denies this message was for her and states, “I will use the flower of my life in the acts and fruits of
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