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The Wife of Bath in Geoffrey Chaucers poem The Canterbury Tales can be considered one of the earliest examples of anti-feminism that is shown in medieval literature The Canterbury Tales opens up with a description of twenty nine people who are going to set off on a pilgrimage The Wife of Bath is a character who stands out from the rest of the characters by maintaining negative stereotypes of women portrayed by men in medieval times Chaucers description of her includes mostly physical characteristics she is a larger woman with red rosy cheeks and a gap between her two front teeth She had the lovers gap teeth I must say Chaucer 468 which at the time symbolized lust and sensualityWomen of this time period were often considered lustful annoyances and only used men for their money They ways in which they were presented were often considered to be very talkative and annoying and these two traits often led to them to not being able to keep secrets All of these characteristics of women led to a stereotype of anti-feminism that put women under the category of being lustful dishonest and greedy These are all traits that the Wife of Bath shows Her fifth husband Johnny owns a book of wicked wives Chaucer 685 in which contains stories of women who act in this way The Wife of Bath is characterized by her obsession with sex and she uses this obsession to manipulate each of the five husbands that she has had The Wife of Bath brags about how she does this as wellSo help me God I laugh to think all rightHow pitifully I made them work all nightThough by my faith it meant not much to me Chaucer 201-203Acting in a manner usual for her time the Wife of Bath exhibits characteristics considered to be unfavorable in a woman Unlike many modern day very dedicated men hating feminists the Wife of Bath is
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