The Wife Of Bath : A Feminist Or Not Essay
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:
“And when he saw how still it was I lay, He was aghast, and would have fled away, Till, at last, out of my swoon I awoke/ ‘Oh! 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.…