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    Social Structure and Wife of Bath

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    1) How do you think the social structure of the middle ages shaped The Wife of Bath?

    2) How do you think the social structure of the middle ages is reflected in The Wife of Bath?

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    1. Because of the rigid gender divisions within the social structure of the middle ages, I see the Wife of Bath as a challenge to those social and gender norms. Instead of submission, she demonstrates criticism and even aggression as she condemns married men for being deceptive.

    By proclaiming herself as a redemptive model for men, she is asserting women's power against these unequal gender structures:"[B]y hym shul othere men corrected be" (3.181). Because she seems to advocate feminist notions, the Wife of Bath ...

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    Social structure is briefly examined through the characterization of the Wife of Bath.