feminism in chaucer

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Kristin Killmeyer English 205 September 24, 2009 Chaucer and Feminism It is obvious that Geoffrey Chaucer’s works are not feminist by today’s standards; they do not empower women to go out and do things that women normally don’t do, they do not set women up to a man’s level (equality), and they do not show rights given to women. However, one can argue that the way Chaucer chose to write about women was very feministic in the late thirteen-hundreds. In Chaucer’s day, women were not typically main characters in stories. The way Chaucer illuminated women and went into heavy detail about their appearances, habits, and actions was a rather new concept to literature. In the stories and epics of that day, men were always shown as strong and noble and there was hardly a mention of a woman unless a king had a queen or a man won the hand of a
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Unformatted text preview: lady. The women depicted were usually always of noble birth and very beautiful, but that is all that would be said. Misogyny was very common back then. In Chaucer’s “The Wife of Bath”, the character of Alison is portrayed as a very driven woman and uses her sexual prowess to get what she wants. This is the complete opposite of how women were represented in stories of that time. Chaucer brought a sense of actuality to the women in his poems. While they may not be shown as goodhearted, noble, or innocent, the women in his stories were real, not sugar coated, and dumbed down. It is only after Chaucer that we see more women in literature....
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