The Wife Of Bath 's Prologue And Tale

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The representation of gender in “The Wife of Bath’s Prologue” and “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” by Geoffrey Chaucer functions as a way to both satirize and represent female equality. In particular, The Wife of Bath challenges the stereotypes of what may appear to be “normal” treatment of women during this time period (TheBestNotes.com). She identifies the distinctions between “traditional” gender roles and relates them to passages from the bible, which are then taken out of context. These passages are meant to justify The Wife of Bath’s actions and show that although she is a woman, she can partake in the same activities as men. Representation of gender is also shown throughout “The Wife of Bath’s Tale.” Although the tale deals with female gender, it also contains an aspect of male gender. Male authority and overthrowing male dominated power provides a challenge to gender identity and the concept of authority. The narrator of “The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale” makes an argument throughout the poem about the equal treatment between men and women. Since she compares the treatment and actions of women to bible verses, she suggests that women are equal to men and should be given the same respect. Throughout the course of the poem “The Wife Of Bath’s Prologue”, the Wife of Bath defies traditional gender roles. She gets what she wants by tricking and coercing men instead of going along with what men expect of women. The Wife of Bath is not weak or submissive. She is mentally…

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