The Wife of Bath AO3

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Mind Map on The Wife of Bath AO3, created by flora25 on 05/02/2015.

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The Wife of Bath AO3
  1. Women, femininity and misogyny
    1. ‘The commodification of sex within marriage allows the Wife of Bath to retain control over her many husbands, thus enabling her to carry out her tale’s message that in marriage, women should have dominion.’ – Christine Tucker
      1. ‘Alison is an early feminist striving for autonomy in an oppressive patriarchal society.’ – H. Marshall
        1. ‘She is presented specifically as a wife and not as an independent person.’ – Lee Paterson
          1. ‘Animal imagery is in fact used almost entirely to refer to women... Women and animals share a very close existence in this text which is not surprising when we consider how the Middle Ages felt about both of them... Animals traditionally symbolise lack of reason.’ – Tasioulas
            1. ‘Fundamentally lacking in the feminist argument.’
              1. The wife is a ‘strong, independent character who stands for feminine supremacy in a misogynistic time.’
              2. Love and desire/lust
                1. ‘The brutality of rape vanishes without a trace.’ – Laurie Fink
                  1. ‘The Wife is an incurable romantic.’ – Cooper
                  2. Order, power and social class
                    1. ‘Throughout her prologue, the Wife celebrates female freedom and sovereignty in marriage.’ – Christine Tucker
                      1. The underlying factor beneath all of the Wife’s marital decisions is that they stem from the desire to gain and secure control over men. The Wife clearly states that her greatest wish is to be free and powerful in marriage.’ – Christine Tucker
                        1. ‘To the Wife, the profit of land and money is worth enduring criticism from other people and the Church. It is also worth enduring sex with old men.’ – Christine Tucker
                          1. ‘The commodification of sex within marriage allows the Wife of Bath to retain control over her many husbands, thus enabling her to carry out her tale’s message that in marriage, women should have dominion.’ – Christine Tucker
                            1. ‘The Wife of Bath’s happy resolution with Jankyn echoes the happy ending in her tale, and reinforces the moral that a successful marriage is one in which the woman has the power.’ – Christine Tucker
                            2. Sinfulness and corruption
                              1. ‘The brutality of rape vanishes without a trace.’ – Laurie Fink
                              2. Religion and the Church
                                1. ‘The practical bourgeois wife clearly contradicted the idealized image of the subservient wife held up as a model by ‘gentility’ and by the church.’ – Mary Carruthers
                                  1. ‘She [Alison] utterly reverses the spirit of St. Paul’s teaching.’ – Lee Paterson
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