The Wife Of Bath 's Tale, And Miguel De Cervantes Don Quixote De La Mancha

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Literature exists as a mirror of society when it was written, a reflection of evolving societal values. Through Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Wife of Bath’s Tale, and Miguel de Cervantes Don Quixote de la Mancha, we witness a progression of historical and literary autonomy through the characters within these masterpieces. From Lysistrata’s determined female activist Lysistrata, to The Wife of Bath’s Tale manipulative and controversial housewife Alison, and Don Quixote de la Mancha’s imaginatively chivalrous knight errant Don Quixote, we can trace a thread of characters who challenge societies expectations by staying true to their own strengths and identities, while creating criticism for the classicism or gender rules they are limited by.

Aristophanes classical Athenian play departs from tradition by offering Lysistrata, as it’s powerful female lead, in a strikingly male dominated society, exposing a literary custom of injecting revolutionary societal commentary in some of histories finest texts. Lysistrata breaks from her submissive role as a woman, denying her gender related restrictions, in order to seize power of Athens, temporarily, for the sake of the prosperity of the country. While the men exhaust Athens through they’re extensive war mongering, Lysistrata devises a plan to take back the country through the treasury and starving the men of sex. She explains to her fellow female comrades that, "If all women come together here-/Boeotians,…

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