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Would you say that the Wife of Bath is pro-feminist or anti-feminist or neither Chaucer has chosen to project his views towards feminism through the wife and her views and attitudes Many literary critics throughout the years have labeled the Wife of Bath a feminist She is a strong-willed and dominant woman who gets what she wants when she wants it However this is not the definition of a feminist A feminist is someone who believes that women and men are equal while also is able to recognize and appreciate the unique characteristics of both sexes A feminist celebrates what it means to be a woman Chaucer did not mean for his character to be interpreted as a feminist If anything the Wife of Bath could safely be called a sexist She constantly emphasizes the negative connotations associated with women throughout the ages and believes that all women are inherently that way The Wife of Bath describes women as greedy controlling dishonest creatures Although it seems contradictory she has no respect for her body or the rights of women and is an insult to true feminists everywhere The commonly used example of the Wife of Baths so-called feminism is the incident in which she rips pages out of her husbands extremely sexist book He proceeds to hit her in the head causing her to fall to the floor in pain This seems like an act of female liberation but it is far from that She did not think the horribly sexist stories her husband read to her were untrue In fact the stories sounded like something the Wife of Bath herself would say She lashes out because she can not face her flaws The Wife of Bath actually says that women can have no one reprove us for our vice but say we are wise and not at all foolishthere is not one of us who will not kick for being told the
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