Friday, February 15, 2019
Chaucers Canterbury Tales - Anti-Feminist Beliefs in Millers Tale and
Anti-Feminist Beliefs in The Millers relation and The wife of Baths Tale The Millers Tale and The Wife of Baths Tale feature deuce characters that, though they may appear to be different, ar actually very similar. They both seem to confirm the anti-feminine beliefs that existed at the prison term Chaucer wrote his Canterbury Tales. However, they go about it in different ways. Alison, the woman in The Millers Tale, tries to obliterate the fact that she has a passion for men other than her husband, and keep her seat as an upstanding citizen intact. The Wife of Bath, meanwhile, has no qualms about displaying herself as she genuinely is. She is not ashamed of the fact she has married five times, and is about to unite again. She hides nothing. While Alison differs from the Wife of Bath in appearance and the way she conducts herself in public, inside they are to a greater extent alike than Alison would probably care to admit. At the beginning of The Millers Tale, there is a rathe r lengthy description of Alisons appearance. She looks dishy from the outside, true, hardly throughout the description, Chaucer drops little hints that things are not always what they seem. At the very beginning of his description, he compares her body to that of a weasels Fair was this younge wif, and therwithal As any wesele hir body gent and smal. (Miller 103), and, since a weasel is not one of the more favorable animals to be compared with, he immediately, albeit subtlely, implies that Alison is not as decent as she would have people believe. Chaucer continues in his ostensibly favorable description of Alison, but concludes the paragraph by implying that Alison would have little qualms about sleeping with a man other than her husband She was a primerole, a pigge... ...Millers Tale, it is uncertain whether the Wife of Bath would applaud the fact that Alison got herself out of a jam, or would slash Alison for hiding her true colors. What is certain, though, is that Alison and the Wife of Bath are really two very similar characters. They just have different ways of expressing their similarity. kit and caboodle Cited and Consulted Chaucer, Geoffrey. The Wife of Baths Prologue and Tale, The Riverside Chaucer. Gen. Ed. Larry D. Benson. Third Edition. Boston Houghton Mifflin, 1987. 105-22. Evans, Joan. The Flowing Middle Ages. parvenu York McGraw Hill Book Company, 1966. Hallida, I.E. Chaucer and His World. New York Viking Press, 1968. Fuller, Maurice. Chaucer and His England. Williamstown Corner House Publishers, 1976. Williams, David. The Canterbury Tales, A literary Pilgrimage. Boston Twayne Publishers, 1987.