And upon the knight’s return with the old woman, the queen is told that “women wish to have sovereignty as well over her husband as her love and to have mastery over him,” (1042) and again here we see the subject of power coming up. Now after all is done, and the knight is spared, the old lady and the knight marry, and the old lady makes one prayer to Jesus to send all women, “And may Jesus Christ send us husbands meek, young, and lusty, and grace to outlive them that we wed.” (1260) All these illustrations from the beginning to the end portray a power struggle between the two genders. It is interesting to
Chaucer’s The Knight’s Tale is a romance in which Chaucer, through his character the Knight, expresses his views on the courtly love system of the Middle Ages. I will further discuss this story and how it reflects the criticism of a society that applauds a system that takes little stock of a woman’s true feelings on being involved in courtly love. The tale takes on a typical plot of a romance and in the eyes of the aristocrat that is simply all the story is about. However, to the rest of the literate population out of the penumbra of that high level of the hierarchy, the tale is more about the unfairness of the courtly love system. The men are supposed to be sick with love, vehement about it, and so sweet a woman would have to accept his advances.
A Woman’s Portrayal in “To the Troops at Tilbury”, Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130, and The Tragedy of Mariam As the Renaissance began, we find that, much like the ancient days, women gain and then lose rights as the historical and political faces of Europe change. Even during Queen Elizabeth’s rule, as the de facto King of England, she was forced to uphold the standards given to a woman during the time. However, as we see in her speech “To the Troops at Tilbury” Queen Elizabeth also blurred the lines of masculinity and femininity as she to the role of a true king and all the masculine responsibility and strength that came with the title. As a male writer Shakespeare was able to quietly ask for change in society’s view of women in his satirical sonnet 130. Throughout the entire sonnet he mocks the ideas of women’s perfection in the Renaissance, and shows that no woman is perfect.
Alisoun uses scripture, certainly the most influential and anti-feminist literature of the Middle Ages, to justify her own feminist philosophy; which is evidence of Chaucer making a medieval attempt at feminist writing. To this point, Patricia Clare Ingham (2002) argues, Chaucer’s Wife of Bath is arguably among the most ingenious readers in the history of literature. Critical reception of the Wife’s prologue stresses the agency of her aggressive re-reading of scripture as a means for displaying and resisting the medieval anti-feminist tradition. (p. 41) To Ingham’s argument, in the Prologue to The Wife of Bath, the Wife compares having five husbands of her own to the life of King Solomon, who, according to the King James version of the Bible, had seven-hundred wives and three-hundred concubines (1 Kings 11:3). According to the Wife’s logic, if holy men of the Bible can marry more than once, it
Catherine, ignorant to politics, is dealt another contemporary element of the time. The struggles with modernity extend 200 years in to 1996, the year of publishment of Bridget Jones’s Diary. Bridget is influenced by what she reads, the same as Catherine; and her genre of literature is also contemporary for the age. The struggle with the contemporary for the female heroines can be thus considered universally relatable and a case for Austen’s work’s lasting popularity. Her first work, of course, being Northanger Abbey.
“The Pumpkin Eater” By Alexi Kondylas The short story "The Pumpkin Eater" by Isabelle Carmody is a coming-of-age rite of passage and an allegory. Events in the narrative show quest conventions that are common throughout history. Like with; traditional gender roles are restrictive, beauty can cause unhappiness for women, and that love and marriage trap women. The quest short narrative have conventions that assist the exploration of ideas with the quest - the journey and prize. At the beginning of the story, the protagonist (princess) thought that having true happiness meant finding a man/prince to sweep her off of her feet/ to instantly fall in love , and take her away from her castle/home.
Anyone who reads the novel will —— remember the female character—Jane Eyre and be very impressed by her rebellious spirit, which is discussed in this article through the analysis of her views on love. key words ：Jane Eyre view of love equality sincerity 中图分类号 ： I 106 文献标识码 ： A 文章编号 ：1672-1578 （2010)11-0001-03 Jane Eyre is one of the most famous classical works in English literature history. The main reason why it achieves astonishing success is that the young woman writer charlotte Bronte unprecedented puts a young governess who is plain featured and has low social position into the center stage of the literary palace. She successfully creates an ordinary woman who dares to revolt and dares to strive for freedom and equality. Jane Eyre is an orphan and comes from a poor family.
Fairouz Hussein Naranjo 07/02/2014 Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer The portrait of Chaucer’s female pilgrims and their tales: gender, social status and narrative decorum. Canterbury Tales are considered to be unique and a landmark world literature among other medieval texts due to the attention paid to various portrayals of women and how this depiction in many cases widely differs from that presented in the literature of that time. In such a way, it is an opportunity to explore issues of gender from both historical and a contemporary perspective. There are two basic approaches towards women’s depiction in The Canterbury Tales: on the one hand, there are women featuring as storytellers, telling their stories to other pilgrims. On the other hand, women appearing as title or side characters in stories told by men, as Anne Laskaya states (1995: 166) “the representations of women included in the male pilgrims´ tales are filtered through several layers of male perception”.
The Wife of Bath, without a doubt is Chaucer’s most memorable character. In the General Prologue, long before her tale is presented Chaucer provides us with insight about her personality while painting a vivid picture of this aged, but lustrous woman in our minds. The Wife, as a storyteller in the Canterbury Tales represents only one of two females, which is a separate estate of its own. She wastes no time in contradicting the proposed stereotypes of what women of this time should think, feel or even how she should present herself. In her own words she suggests even during the middle ages women then, may have wanted the same thing that many women strive for today; to be known as a woman of strength, that is not only fierce because of her words, but because of the power of her sexual instrument.
Explore the presentation of women in The Great Gatsby and The Catcher in the Rye. With emphasis on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ (1925) and wider reference to J.D Salinger’s ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ (1951), explore how women are represented across both novels. Fitzgerald largely ignores the experience of women in The Great Gatsby, which is symbolic in itself, but explores the representations of women in society at the time through its three main female characters - Daisy Buchanan, Jordan Baker and Myrtle Wilson. Fitzgerald often portrays women in the novel as corrupt, materialistic and reliant on men, exploring this idea through Daisy and Myrtle in contrast to the supposed independence women were experiencing during the 1920s, which is represented through Jordan Baker. In The Catcher in the Rye however, despite the fact women are also presented as materialistic at times, through Holden Caulfield J.D Salinger explores women as largely innocent and independent, rather than shallow beings who’s existence solely relies on the men in their lives.