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Titill: 
  • Geoffrey Chaucer feminist of the Medieval Times: The Wife of Baths Prologue and Tale
Námsstig: 
  • Bakkalár
Leiðbeinandi: 
Útdráttur: 
  • Útdráttur er á ensku

    Middle English developed from Late Old English with a few changes in its grammar such as spelling, capitalization, punctuation and pronunciation. The literature from this period, that provides various insights, can be split into three main categories: Religious, Arthurian and Courtly love. Geoffrey Chaucer, also known as the father of English literature, is not only known for his famous work The Canterbury Tales but also the fact that he legitimized the native tongue during a time when the main languages were Latin and French. Chaucer used complex, unstable, and interrelated factors such as birth, profession, wealth, and personal ability to develop his characters and their status in a world that was constantly changing socially, economically, and politically. That is why while examining his work, The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale, it is interesting that he shows a certain amount of inherent feminism. Chaucer showed this by using and critiquing specifically misogynist writing that was nurtured centuries ago by the medieval church, such as St. Paul, the Church, Jerome´s diatribe and other anti-matrimonial and patriarchal literature, and Chaucer’s response to this was the creation of the Wife. The Wife shares information about her life and shows with examples that she has lived by the rule of experience rather than the authority of her time. To support herself and her promiscuity she not only uses King Solomon and St. Paul but also the biblical command to go forth and multiply. The Wife's main goal in her relationships is to gain sovereignty in one way or another. With her wit, humor and fantasies she creates a tale that fulfills her ideal concept that a happy match is when the woman has full sovereignty. This thesis analyzes the sources of authority used by Chaucer that appear in both the Narrator’s and the Wife's arguments, while showing that Chaucer and his writings are in fact ahead of his time.

  • Útdráttur er á ensku

    Middle English developed from Late Old English with a few changes in its grammar such as spelling, capitalization, punctuation and pronunciation. The literature from this period, that provides various insights, can be split into three main categories: Religious, Arthurian and Courtly love. Geoffrey Chaucer, also known as the father of English literature, is not only known for his famous work The Canterbury Tales but also the fact that he legitimized the native tongue during a time when the main languages were Latin and French. Chaucer used complex, unstable, and interrelated factors such as birth, profession, wealth, and personal ability to develop his characters and their status in a world that was constantly changing socially, economically, and politically. That is why while examining his work, The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale, it is interesting that he shows a certain amount of inherent feminism. Chaucer showed this by using and critiquing specifically misogynist writing that was nurtured centuries ago by the medieval church, such as St. Paul, the Church, Jerome´s diatribe and other anti-matrimonial and patriarchal literature, and Chaucer’s response to this was the creation of the Wife. The Wife shares information about her life and shows with examples that she has lived by the rule of experience rather than the authority of her time. To support herself and her promiscuity she not only uses King Solomon and St. Paul but also the biblical command to go forth and multiply. The Wife's main goal in her relationships is to gain sovereignty in one way or another. With her wit, humor and fantasies she creates a tale that fulfills her ideal concept that a happy match is when the woman has full sovereignty. This thesis analyzes the sources of authority used by Chaucer that appear in both the Narrator’s and the Wife's arguments, while showing that Chaucer and his writings are in fact ahead of his time.

Samþykkt: 
  • 10.5.2017
URI: 
  • http://hdl.handle.net/1946/27380


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