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The Wife of Bath's conveys struggles between men and woman positions in

medieval society as well as class divisions, being both of them revolutionary to


those times. During Chaucer’s days, the idea of women being equal to men did
not exist. Chaucer 's ideas reflected in the Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale
present a pioneer in the comprehension and acknowledgement of women’s
struggle in society. Through this tale, feminism can be seen as the attack on the
patriarchy and the idea that women should be subservient to men
In a society rife with ideas of primogeniture, misogyny and gender discrimination,
it would be improper for a woman to stand up and attack patriarchal authority

"Then have I gotten mastery of you," she said, 1236


"Since I may choose and govern as I please?"
“Yes, certainly, wife," he said, "I consider it best. 1238

Feminism is showed by the knight recognizing and listening to his wife. The tale
seems initially to be humorous but is also subversive in its core, because we
should bear in mind that Chaucer 's society is one in which, for instance, the rule
of thumb applied. Chaucer masks through satire, his unpopular ideas, using
these characters to voice his opinions.