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THE EVOLUTION OF EQUALITY Women in todays society are almost always viewed as equals Acheiving equality has been a tremendous strain on women but times have finally started to change Looking back on English literature from the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries male domination is portrayed to its fullest extent and continued to be up until the nineteenth century Not only were women authors and writers almost non-existent but the women portrayed in literature were almost always weak frail devious deceitful and constantly compared to children and the insane the absolute lowest class of society One poet stands alone from the rest though Geoffrey Chaucer managed to portray a women in the thirteenth century as strong powerful and smart The Wife of Bath was written in a time where Chaucer took a very grave risk in writing a poem which portrayed how women felt about the society in which they lived Chaucer contradicted the church the bible Jesus and man kind through the Wife of Bath The wife of bath herself is a character on which centuries of gratitude should be bestowed She is the evolution of equality and the diminishing of inferiority The Wife of Bath reveals some of the harsh amenities of life that were brought to her through her five husbands and how she struggles to bring a balance of power to men and women The Wife of bath emphasizes her opinion of inequality by harshly criticizing men only to evoke her underlying message of an undying desire to force men to see that she is not inferior to their kind but only equal The bible for many is a world wide resources text The bible outlines morals values rules and beliefs that are to be carried out for eternity When an issue in life contradicts the bible huge steps are taken to correct this issue and make it the way God stated that it should be This came to be a
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