Margery Essays

  • The Controversial Margery Kempe

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    The Controversial Margery Kempe Throughout history, there have been a select number of women with extraordinary talent, intelligence, and passion that have challenged and defied society's subjugation of women and have stood their ground under the pressure of patriarchy. The Middle Ages, in particular, generally cast women in a negative light. Some medieval women used their abilities in the arts to leave a lasting impression on a society that affiliated women with Eve, who was believed to be

  • Empowerment In The Book Of Margery Kempe

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    The Book of Margery Kempe tells the story of a women who struggles with her sexuality. Margery Kempe feels the need to go on a sexual hiatus due to her paranoia that Jesus is punishing her for having sex. Margery attempts to promise herself to Jesus but her husband continues to have sex with her. In order to go through with her promise, she makes a deal with her husband that as long as they aren't engaging in sexual activity, she will pay his debts. Margery attempts to establish authority in her

  • Margery Kempe Essay

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    Honored in the Anglican Communion as an insightful female mystic, English-born Margery Kempe never officially made became a saint as she seemed to desire but upon the discovery of her autobiography in the 1930s has become a long studied posthumous voice in the realm of medieval philosophy and theology. However, while it is long claimed that she deserves the title of mystic, Kempe’s mental state has been largely debated among scholars, though madness and mysticism have always been characterized under

  • Margery Kempe Religion

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    When Margery Kempe is arrested and tried by the Archbishop of York he declares to his steward who has just expressed his desire to have her burned, “I leve ther was nevyr woman in Inglond so ferd wythal as sche is and hath ben” (173). The Archbishop’s words, though absolute in nature, ring oddly true for Margery Kempe and the unique account she gives of her spiritual and physical journey through medieval England and her personal relationship with Christ. She occupies a space both in and out of orthodoxy

  • The Medieval Church, The Book of Margery Kempe and Everyman

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    The Medieval Church, The Book of Margery Kempe and Everyman While the Reformation is generally regarded to have begun with Martin Luther’s famous treatise of 1517, the seeds of dissent sown in the 14th century had already taken full root in England by the middle of the 15th century. War, disease, and oppressive government led to a general anger toward the Catholic Church, believed to be “among the greatest of the oppressive landowners” (Norton 10). John Wycliffe, whose sermons

  • Margery Kemp's Interactions with The Virgin Mary

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    Margery Kemp's Interactions with The Virgin Mary According to her own testimony, Margery Kempe's spirituality involved deeply passionate experiences of Christ and the Virgin Mary. Kempe had "the gift of tears" -- meaning that, for years, she was unable to attend mass without crying profusely, and, as often as not, sobbing loudly and theatrically. Her adventurous life included a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, where much weeping and wailing took place, and tanglings with several Bishops, including

  • Objectification In The Book Of Margery Kempe

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    Margery Kempe was an English Christian who is responsible for dictating The Book of Margery Kempe, which is possibly the first autobiography in the English language. This autobiography documents her travels and her experiences of divine revelation as she remembers them. It is quite evident that Margery Kempe, who refers to herself as “the creature,” is exceedingly obedient to a man that might not even exist, but why? Throughout this entire book, there are many signs indicating objectification. This

  • Sex, Sensuality and Religion in The Book of Margery Kempe

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    Sex, Sensuality and Religion in The Book of Margery Kempe Baron Richard Von Krafft-Ebing, a 19th century German psychiatrist, was quoted as having said, "We find that the sexual instinct, when disappointed and unappeased, frequently seeks and finds a substitute in religion." This may have been the condition of Margery Kempe when she desired to cease all sexual activity with her spouse because of her devotion to God. Instead of performing her duties as a wife, she chose instead to spread her

  • Comparing Piety in The Wakefield Mystery Plays, The Book of Margery Kempe, and Le Morte D'Arthur

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    Piety in The Wakefield Mystery Plays, The Book of Margery Kempe, and Le Morte D'Arthur The monastic lifestyle that Launcelot and his knights adopt after their conversion is one that Margery Kempe might approve of -- doing penance, singing mass, fasting, and remaining abstinent. (MdA, 525) But Launcelot's change of heart is not motivated by the emotions that move Kempe, nor is his attitude towards God the same as can be found in The Book of Margery Kempe and The Wakefield Mystery Plays. In the

  • The Representation of Marriage in The Country Wife

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    peculiar way in The Country Wife. The classic marital values of love, trust, and becoming one with your partner in a bond of love are distorted by intense emotion. The appropriately named Mr. Pinchwife is a jealous husband who moves his new wife Margery to the country with hopes keep her from the outside world, namely the city of London, and the inevitable infidelity that lies there in his mind. However, by denying Mrs. Pinchwife her freedom, Mr. Pinchwife alienates her and encourages her resentment

  • Medieval Piety

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    out differently in the lives of medieval men and women spanning from ordinary laity to vehement devotees. Though it is difficult to identify what the average faith consists of in the Middle Ages, the life told of a radical devotee in The Book of Margery Kempe provides insight to the highly intense version of medieval paths of approaching Christ. Another medieval religious text, The Cloud of Unknowing, provides a record of approaching the same Christ. I will explore the consistencies and inconsistencies

  • Margery Kempe: An Analysis

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    The Book of Margery Kempe is a spiritual autobiography dictated by the titular Margery Kempe. To this day, there is still much scholarly debate as to whether Margery should be considered a genuine spiritual mystic, a madwoman, or simply a fraud. Throughout her life, Margery had visions in which she talked to Jesus, Mary, and various saints. In many of these visions, Jesus very directly gives Margery advice regarding how she should live her life. Interestingly enough, Margery was and illiterate laywoman

  • Margery Kempte Gender Roles

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    the time period Margery Kempe lived in. The work about her life, The Book of Margery Kempe, shows just how pervasive these toxic tenants were through displaying “God-ordained” gender roles, religious and social patriarchy, and the oppression of the collective female voice and authority. The Book of Margery Kempe illustrates archetypical gender roles in medieval times. These roles were

  • Margery Kempe and Mental Illness

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    Margery Kempe: mother, mystic, mentally ill? Throughout The Book of Margery Kempe, Margery is burdened with the gift of tears. To onlookers, her behaviour seems erratic and threatening; strangers and acquaintances often wonder if devils possessing her cause her passionate wailing. Margery is often questioned about her tears, and isolated from people who fail to understand that she is one of Christ’s “chosen souls” (24). Margery sees these social difficulties as trials of her faith, and says, “For

  • The Book Of Margery Kempe Analysis

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    In the text, "The Book of Margery Kempe”, transcribed by an anonymous priest and translated by Lynn Staley, Margery Kempe incited a notion that she was a part of something greater than herself through the transformation of her identify by her performance after her first childbirth, how she dealt with the scared through her crying performances, and how she taught and persuaded those around her to follow God through her religious performances. Firstly, Kempe’s identity transformed after the birth of

  • What is a Nation?

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    Essay 3: What is a Nation? A nation, as defined in Webster’s Universal College Dictionary, is “a body of people, associated with a particular territory, that is sufficiently conscious of its unity to seek or to possess a government peculiarly its own.” This definition is correct, but leaves so much unsaid. The word nation is actually derived from the Latin word natio that means birth. It represents the beginning of something. London had a miraculous “birth” in the year 0. This corresponds to the

  • Margery Kempe And Saints Analysis

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    Saints and Sinners: Irony and Symbolism in Kempe’s “The Book of Margery Kempe” Throughout history there have been many cases of women who possess strong powers and a passion for God, especially in the Middle Ages. One woman that fit into that category was Margery Kempe, a fifteenth-century visionary, who was a controversial figure in the Christian faith. Margery insisted that Jesus talked to her, while many people thought that she was being possessed by the devil. During the time of The Middle

  • A Feminist in the Medieval Era: Margery Kempe

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    Margery Kempe did something that many people (especially women) would not dare to do- she broke away from the identity that her society had molded for her. The Book of Margery Kempe is one of the most astonishing documents found of the late medieval era and is the first autobiography to have been discovered. Margery Kempe does not shy away from telling the story of the personal and intricate details about her adventurous life. It is hard to say what influenced Kempe to go through such lengths

  • Margery Kempe Feminist Analysis

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    Who knew that Margery could set an example for women in the Middle age time. Feminist speculations can be traced back to the 1300’s, where women, often, were expected to follow traditional, gendered norms. Margery Kempe is a representation that presents how women were objectified. In correlation to feminism, the idea of misogyny and patriarchy concepts can be interpreted through the anti-patriarchal woman, Kempe, who serves as a critical spectator through her novel. Kempe is portrayed as a hysterical

  • Feminist Objectification In The Book Of Margery Kempe

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    In the book of Margery Kempe, the reader can notice how poorly John Kempe treats Kempe throughout the book. If this book was looked at from a feminist point of few, they would notice objectification made by John Kempe about Kempe. Feminist objectification can be defined as the seeing or treating of a person, usually a woman, as an object. The type of objectification shown in the book of Margery Kempe would be sexual objectification which is objectification in a sexual realm. Margery Kempe in the book