She’s pretty disrespectful and with her fifth husband, they only way she got anything was because she hit him. She has a hard time staying focused to what she saying, that gets confusing and hard to follow. Overall, she is my favorite character so far, she is a powerful woman who gets what she wants, she also, like everyone else, has flaws. Wife of Bath was married five times, “As three of hem were goodie, and two were baddie” (203). Even just classifying these men like this is kinda crazy.
The prologue to The Wife of Bath is about power. The Wife goes through many explanations of how and why she struggled to gain power from each of her five husbands. Each husband is described to have served her, and she enjoyed that position of power over them, as she describes throughout the prologue. The Wife talks about how it is the power of how she was created that allows her to use her reproductive organs in the manner that she does. This connects with power, because she is establishing the fact that she knows better than others about what humans were meant to do, and what they were not.
The Wife of Bath establishes herself as an authority over marriage because she has been married five times. She perceives herself as being knowledgeable when it comes to marriage and sex due to her experience. She thinks she is better than the celibate clerics who view themselves as being learned, yet know nothing about the issue of marriage. She uses quotes from Scripture and other works of olden times to further affirm this fact. It is interesting that she spends a lot of time in the prologue going over written authority in the same way the clerks she criticizes do.
Women were seen as mothers and housekeepers, always taught to respect, listen, and serve there husbands or the man of the house. In those days this was considered normal, therefore women had no choice but to obey and do as they were told. Women in Shakespeare's plays, as a whole, were strong, independent, free- thinking and unusually self-sufficient or at least willing to fight for their rights. However, Shakespeare's plays do indicate how women were generally treated by men, how they were expected to act even though many of Shakespeare's women were strong enough to rebel against that standard. The women in Hamlet and Othello are good examples of this.
Firmness was shown and the leadership of a king was brought out of the queen and that earned loads of respect from her people and they figured out that this woman was not one to be taken lightly. She convinced her people that even though she had “the body of a weak and feeble woman,” she still had “the heart and stomach of a king.” Elizabeth showed assertiveness and aggression to any colony that would “dare to invade the borders” of her “realm.” This gave her troops the confidence that they needed and in the outcome
Men really had such great influence over women. While men went out to work, women at that time were only demanded to stay at home, manage the household duties and take care of the children. All throughout their life, the women of the Elizabethan times were forced to become dependent on a male relative, whether he was her father, brother, uncle, and husband. Even the Church believed this and quoted the Bible in order to ensure the continuation to this principle. The protestant Knox wrote that a “Woman in her greatest perfection was made to serve and obey man.” Nevertheless, it is interesting to point out that while the rest of the women of England sat at home and listened to their husbands, on the throne was a woman
Even though Chopin’s work always has to do with the issues of females, I have always found it interesting because I am always surrounded by very masculine and male dominance or equal relationship and it is intriguing to me to see the other side of it and really learn how females lived in her contemporary times. I strongly believe in the idea of that it does not matter your race, ethnicity, or gender, everyone can be what they want to be if they work hard, females should not be held back because of their sex, and obviously, Kate Chopin agrees with me. First we are going to analyze Chopin’s novel, “The Awakening”. The novel is set in the late nineteenth century in New Orleans and Grand Isle, an island off the coast of New Orleans. When The Awakening was first published, it sparked much controversy in early 1900’s social life.
Throughout history, religion has expected a lot from women. Since colonial times, religion and culture never asked, but expected, women to be well-mannered wives and mothers. Obedience to their husbands, along with the suppression of anger has always been the ‘role’ of the woman. Their job also consisted of leading their families to church as well as convincing their loved ones to live a good, Christian life in the eyes of God. As Elizabeth Fox-Genovese stated in the text Religion and Women in America, they were expected to “live a Christian life in what clearly was not a Christian world.” However, at this time, women viewed all of these duties as a religious “calling.” The Puritans of the 1600s strongly believed each person held responsibility for their own souls, but since worshipping occurred to a male God, the role of natural leaders of the churches belonged to men.
Mrs. Danvers’s suggests to Mrs. de Winter that she wear a costume to their annual costume ball. It turns out, that it was the dress Rebecca wore to the ball last year, before she died. Maxim is horrified when he sees her. She becomes convinced that he will never love her and that he is still devoted to Rebecca. Mrs. Danvers almost convinces her to kill herself, and she only breaks away from the old woman's spell when rockets go off by the cove, signaling that a ship has run aground.