Title: Wife of Bath's Prologue

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Subject: English
Author: Elmer F
Date: February 19, 2014
Level: University
Grade: A
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The pervading issue throughout the prologue is 'experience' against 'authority' as the Wife of Bath presents arguments in the form of a confessional autobiography to define the role of women over men with a strong feminist slant. The power or 'womanly wiles' that women command through sexuality for political, economic and pleasurable means is demonstrated in the 'Wife of Bath's Prologue' as is the authoritative, textual power that men possess...

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The Wife of Bath states that the 'membres maad of generacion (116)' are for 'office [function] and for ese [pleasure] (127)' and this is seen through the use of her sexuality to attract three husbands, gaining 'land and hir tresoor [wealth] (204).' Her power over them is obvious as she 'hadde hem hoolly (211)' in her hand and used them for her own 'profit and ese (214)...

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