22.214.171.124.1 Forshadows the full lenghth of the prolougue
126.96.36.199.2 The wife refuses to acknowlege the arguement
188.8.131.52 Used by chaucer to break what could be considered a lull in the prolouge
184.108.40.206.1 An objection followed by an excalmaticve response helps aid the flow
220.127.116.11.1.1 appears more human
1.2 Experience, though noon auctoritee were in this world, is
right ynough for me to speke of wo that is marriage
1.2.1 The Openining line to the prolouge begins in medias res
18.104.22.168 specifically designed to suggest this is the main aspect of the wife's character
22.214.171.124.1 This aids chaucer in promoting the wife's views to the reader this entire poem then becomes rhetoric
1.2.2 "Wo that is marriage" suggests a very one sided view of marriage
126.96.36.199 Though ironically it could be said that her husbands faced far more wo than she did
1.3 Thou liknest eek wommens love to helle, To bareyne lond, ther water water may nat dwelle.
1.3.1 A03 views
188.8.131.52 James Winny
184.108.40.206.1 The irony of the situation lies in the
wife's repeating a rightful complaint
as evidence of the exasperations
which she has to bear.
220.127.116.11.1.1 Which again promotes an antifemminist character suggesting only basic knowlwdge and therefore ignorance
18.104.22.168.1.1.1 Something a reasonable scholar would chuckle at i suppose.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 Perhaps the wife is less a femminist novel and more anti-femmiinist
188.8.131.52 Here Chaucer has shown the wife's use of manipulation
again suggesting her husband likens her to Hell which is a
184.108.40.206.1 Religion was fiercley guarded and as such the nature of the wife's complaint is very damning.
220.127.116.11 Chaucer depicts
the wife in this
segment as a nag
a general view of
18.104.22.168 The line "To bareyne lond" is important for divulging the nature of the wife's
complaint as it links in sexual themes and suggests that women are built for
childbirth but can be like a Barren land instead.
1.4 By God! on earth i was his purgatoree
1.4.1 Clear lack of remorse
22.214.171.124 But then turns arond and prays that
he is in heaven
126.96.36.199.1 Oddly cntradictory.
2.1 James Winny
2.1.1 Adopting the method of shcolastic arguement, she has
contested the prohibitive morality of the Medieval Church.
188.8.131.52 Here Winny raised an interesting point suggesting that
the wife thinks ahed of her time and promotes a
freethinking church and one that is less conformal.
184.108.40.206.1 This seems a fair view of the Wife who seems to promote experience over biblical authority.
2.1.2 Her confessions do much more than fill in the details of the wife's private history
220.127.116.11 Important suggets that their is a deeper meaning to the overall confession - agree this is obvious in the manner it is taken.
18.104.22.168.1 At times the arguement seems rehearsed and at others made on the spot
22.214.171.124.1.1 All to produce a more human response
2.2 Helen Cooper
2.2.1 Its tone and purpose take it far away from any recognizable theological for of confession
126.96.36.199 Important for determening the nature of the earliest parts of the prolouge
188.8.131.52.1 The wife may be conflicted over the nature of her actions and provides the
lack of focus in her arguement and rhetoric
2.2.2 She is adept at seizing the iniative, in accusing
them of accusing her of all the usual antifeminist
184.108.40.206 The wife has a knack for control as is evident but the iniative is also important and is recognised by Cooper as being the important point.
220.127.116.11.1 Cooper has shown that chaucer creates a hypocrtical
character displaying control of her life yet appearing to
promote antifemminist literature.
18.104.22.168.1.1 Could this be chaucers intention?
2.2.3 La vielle, like the wife, had a lover who mistreated her but who
could always win her over by her sexual skill, as jankin can alison
22.214.171.124 Cooper cites a direct link used by cooper and this view would be true
if it were not for the fact that the wife wins over jankin in the end La
Vielle does not. This suggests alison is of greater integrity.