The Wife Of Bath A Feminist Analysis
In regards to her strength, Alison speaks up for herself without caring what others may think. She simply desires to be treated with respect and love. Although women were expected to submit to their husbands, Alison takes gender equality into consideration and does not tolerate abuse. This is illustrated in her marriage to Jenkin. When Jenkin reads Biblical passages on how a woman should act, Alison gets offended and charges at him. He then hits her and she confronts him. This is described when Chaucer writes: …show more content…
Hast Thou slain me, false thief” (699).
Jenkin is full of guilt when she states this and it allows her to have authority over him. She inherits his house and land, thus proving that women had the opportunity to be equal to men. While others may argue that Alison is being deceptive and taking advantage of Jenkin, one must realize that she may have been the first woman to stand up for herself when women had no freedom of