A Literary Analysis of Female Empowerment and Patriarchal Society in Chaucer’s Wife of Bath, Lysistrata by Aristophanes, and in Medieval Lyrics This literary study will analyze the primary placement of women as submissive in a patriarchal construct, revealing how they seek female empowerment in the writing of Chaucer, Aristophanes and in medieval lyrics. Chaucer often defines the frustration of female empowerment in patriarchal society, as the Wife of Bath often seeks to dominate and control her husband. This type of female empowerment is also present in Lysistrata , as she encourages other women to not sleep with their husbands to end the Peloponnesian War. Also, medieval lyrics also define the rigid patriarchal controls that exist...The end:
..... and Eadwacer ” reflect the patriarchal constraints put on a woman that cannot see her lover. These are the primary ways in which female empowerment are explored within these various styles of writing in the works of Chaucer, Aristophanes, and the anonymous medieval lyrics from 1000 A.D. References Aristophanes. (2007). Lysistrata . New York: Theater 61 Press. Chaucer, G. (2007). The Wife of Bath’s prologue (Middle English). University of Virginia Library. Retrieved May 10, 2009, from http://etext.virginia.edu/etcbin/toccer-old?id=Cha2Can&images=images/modeng&data=/lv1/Archive/mideng-parsed&tag=public&part=13&division=div1 Larrington , C. (1995). Women and writing in medieval Europe: A sourcebook. London: Routledge .