The Wife of Bath is a wealthy and elegant woman with extravagant, brand new clothing. She is from Bath, a key English cloth-making town in the Middle Ages, making her a talented seam stress. Before the wife begins her tale, she informs the audience about her life and personal experience on marriage, in a lengthy prologue. The Wife of Bath initiates her prologue by declaring that she has had five husbands, giving her enough experience to make her an expert on marriage. Numerous people have criticized her for having had many husbands, but she does not see anything immoral about it.
In medieval literature, the role of women often represents many familiar traits and characteristics which present societies still preserve. Beauty, attractiveness, and grace almost completely exemplify the attributes of powerful women in both present and past narratives. European medieval prose often separates the characteristics of women into two distinct roles in society. Women can be portrayed as the greatest gift to mankind, revealing everything that is good, pure, and beautiful in a woman's life. On the other side of the coin, many women are compared to everything that is evil and harmful, creating a witch-like or temptress quality for the character.
She was considered attractive, she had big hips, long hair, gapped teeth, and she was somewhat deaf. She wore tight clothes, a red scarf on her head, red fishnet stockings, and soft new shoes. All of these things, along with the fact that she was very well traveled indicated that she was rather wealthy. The Woman of Bath had five husbands and many more love affairs. Chaucer states that she knows how to remedy love’s problems, an art at which she knew the oldest dances.
In Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Chaucer opens his story by telling about a certain amount of people who are going on a pilgrimage. The Wife of Bath stands out more compared to the other characters that are involved in these stories. In Chaucer’s “General Prologue,” the Wife of Bath was described as a woman who was talented and a flamboyant person who shows she is not fearful. She is also referenced as a woman who is powerful and gets anything she desires. She has a lot of experience in love and sex.
(Gairdner) According to the article “Queen Mary”: “Mary wanted to restore the catholic faith, and reunite England with Rome.” Queen Mary I was quite successful, she managed to rearrange “the royal household, and it was thought right to give Mary an establishment of her own along with a council on the borders of Whales, for the better government of the Marches.”(Gairdner) In real life Queen Mary was in fact a very kind hearted and happy lady, who in fact loved music, dancing, and gossiping with her court and followers. She often dressed in brightly colored cloths and very expensive jewelry. (Eamon) According to Amy Pollick’s article “Dispelling Myths about Queen”, “Mary did lay a solid governmental foundation.” Mary had a good head on her shoulders. She planned to further the peace and prosperity in England. (Pollick) Some of what caused her to “rebel from her father” was him depriving her of her faith, security, and happiness as a child.
One of Myrtle’s friends saw Myrtle in an expensive, yet mesmerizing dress that projected her wealthy persona in every angle. Myrtle simply smirked and replied in a carefree tone: “ It’s a crazy old thing, I slip it on when I don’t care how I look like” (Fitzgerald 31). Myrtle may be significantly poor but has a smart and cunning mind abilities to bend people to her will. Myrtle always wanted to be wealthy and to do that she uses Tom to get what she wants. Her arrow is accurate like Hawkeye’s and fast as Green Arrow.
Women in this era are deemed as “their celebrity and the fact that their public manners and physical appearance so perfectly matched the fascinating, wanton images projected in Scott’s piece. They didn’t make the twenties, they were the twenties” (Moore 71). Zelda, Fitzgerald’s wife, had a great impact on the culture of the 1920s as a prominent women in society. He projected the character of Zelda onto Daisy as a role model of what a women should be like in that society. Fitzgerald uses flowers are an ascetical representation of temporary beauty, which is particularly stressed in the names of Daisy and Myrtle.
Even though Tea Cake was poor and much younger, Janie decided to marry him, thus beginning her first marriage of love (The Concept of Love and Marriage in Zora Neale Hurston 's Their Eyes Were Watching God). Janie had grown to trust Tea Cake and love him, something she had never had done
Those who know the art of yin and yang can blend the five pleasures (Cawthorne, 49). Daoist philosopher Laozi believed that yin and yang cannot exist without the other. Even into her seventies Empress Wu enjoyed the company of her young consorts regularly; clearly she was very open about her sexual needs and interest in immortality. Behind every great man is an even greater woman, and Empress Wu is a prime example of this. Although at times she was a ruthless leader, she knew how to get the job done, and was a sufficient ruler during her time on the throne.
The jaded world in The Great Gatsby objectifies females, especially Daisy, ... ... middle of paper ... ...hing to live in the glitz and glamour of the Roaring Twenties. The novel emphasizes how a woman's reputation and success results from the wealth and ranking of her husband, a way of life Daisy felt she had no other choice but to accept. Daisy’s words accent the positive and negative qualities of her character and present motives for her actions as a conflicted woman in the Roaring Twenties. Daisy's cowardly and selfish words cause complications with deadly consequences. Overall, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby surpasses the typical tragic love story in more ways than one.