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ENGL 304 The Wife of Bath Prologue and Tale

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In Chaucer's The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale, the Wife of Bath builds the narrative authority with her own experience against the anti-feministic society. While the theme of mastery over the husband dominates her whole tale, the value of experience, which is asserted in her Prologue, becomes debatable in her pursuit of mastery over her husband because she contradicts herself near the end of the prologue. The Wife goes against this tradition of submission that is required of her in her vocation. In doing so, she demonstrates the stereotypes of garrulity, lust, and disobedience found in anti-feministic patriarchal writings. Although she is trying to defend herself from the traditional stereotypes, while claiming the right to win "sovereynetee" (1038) in marriage over her husbands, the result ironically seems to reveal her only as a typical example of that tradition. Alisoun claims equality between men and women by allowing herself with sexual freedom and dominance over her husbands, and justifies her action by asserting that the absolute mastery of the wife over husbands brings the domestic happiness in the marriage, yet she does not break from the boundaries of the dominant male discourse of that time.

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