Three Themes in Geoffrey Chaucer’s “Wife of Bath”

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Three Themes in Geoffrey Chaucer's “Wife of Bath”
This literary study will examine the tests of the “Wife of Bath” by Geoffrey Chaucer through the themes of infidelity, morality, and feminist independence within English medieval culture. Through her infidelity, the Wife of Bath rebels against her dominating husbands, which defines her ability to endure their tests and find a moral composure in which to find her sexual freedom. Also, by understanding her desire to find feminist independence in a primarily patriarchal medieval culture, we can see how she overcomes her adversaries with great cunning and feminist depth of character. In essence, this literary study will evaluate the themes of infidelity, moral composure, and feminist...
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.....tests of her husbands and soon comes to dominate them. This is another thematic example of how the Wife of Bath endures critical tests of character that define her feminist independence in this medieval poem.
Works Cited
Chaucer, Geoffrey. “The Wife of Bath’s Prologue (Middle English)”. d.400. University of Virginia Library. 3 Apr. 2010 <http://etext.virginia.edu/etcbin/toccer-old?id=Cha2Can&images=images/modeng&data=/lv1/Archive/mideng-parsed&tag=public&part=13&division=div1>.
---. “Wife of Bath’s Tale.” University of Virginia Library. 3 Apr. 2010 <http://etext.virginia.edu/etcbin/toccer-old?id=Cha2Can&images=images/modeng&data=/lv1/Archive/mideng-parsed&tag=public&part=14&division=div1>.