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By writing "The Wife of Bath" in a satirical way, Chaucer points out issues facing women regarding double standards, the validity of female desire, and the economic necessity of women to marry well while keeping the text humorous with some common female stereotypes regarding deception that have persisted into present day culture. In "The Wife of Bath" one of the first issues the speaker, Alison, addresses' is the idea of double standards. As she begins the prologue she lays the groundwork for her story by defending one's right to marry as often as they are able. While people often believe that it is immoral for a woman to marry more than once, Alison discusses the idea that she should be free to marry as many times as she wishes and that others should hold their judgment (Hieatt & Hieatt, 183, line 34). She claims that she has never heard the specific number of marriages allowed by the bible defined.
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Throughout the epic romance, Spenser depicts the representation of the women of the sixteenth century through a variety of female figures. While women like Una and later Caelia and her daughters represent the grace and faithfulness in women, other figures like Duessa and Errour represent the falsehood and evil of women. While Spenser created two very different types of women in The Faerie Queene: Book One, the two types of women are similar in the sense that they appear to be very strong at times and very weak at others. Because a woman was in reign during the sixteenth century, women, for the first time, had power within society. While many authors of the sixteenth century depicted women as simply damsels in distress, Spenser portrays the two main women in the piece as potentially strong women.... ... middle of paper ... ..., Jr., Harry.
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Chaucer's view on women, demonstrated by the “Wife of Bath’s Tale” and the Wife’s belief that all women desire sovereignty, is welcomed by William Shakespeare but not achievable by Hamlet’s female protagonists, Gertrude and Ophelia. Chaucer’s view aren’t clearly stated but it can be interpreted that he respected the male social hierarchy. However, he liked women to show their beliefs and be able to gain their respect in society. In, Women in Geoffery Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales: Women as a Narrator, Women in the Narrative, written by Vladislava Vaněčková, Chaucer classifies women into their distinct social levels and claims to give them a chance to express their somewhat selfish beliefs so they can achieve happiness (4-5). Some women seek to mainly better themselves, while other women seek to better all women; demonstrating hardly known traits of a feminist (Vaněčková 5-6).
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