What is the treatment of women like in Chaucer's "Wife of Bath" and Arthurian romances?
Are they similar of different? What might be the cause?© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com October 10, 2019, 4:44 am ad1c9bdddf
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Many scholars are split on the role of women in Chaucer's works, especially in "The Wife of Bath." However, I interpret some of the Wife's ideas as quite feminist and bolder than traditional Arthurian tales as she seems to defend females against clerical enemies and rigid social conventions.
I feel like she shows witty, bold intellect and seems to challenge the roles of medieval women as merely inferior to men or only submissive ...
In this solution, Chaucer's "Wife of Bath" is briefly examined in terms of critical reactions.