Married Women In Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

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Medieval society portrayed what love and generosity should be. Older men married young women. Of course women had no choice in who hey married. The dowry benefits family member, not the women. Older men marrying young women had a suffrage of inequality in the relationship. In courts, where dances occur, married women would have affairs with men that are their age.. The conflict begins with a woman’s ability to choose a man she desires, yet she marries an older man with no love. Men accused married woman for being sexual since, supposedly, they are culpable of the marriage. Medieval society portrayed married women as disloyal wives who were unable to their control their sexual desires toward young men. Married women are stereotyped to be sexually intrigued and manipulative towards young men. For…show more content…
Medieval society had the idea to illustrate women under two Biblical figures Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene. This caused clashes in many aspects to question what loyalty must be. In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the lady who is married is portrayed to be a lion towards Gawain, wanting sex from him and making him believe the stereotype of married women unable to control her sexual desires.. Also, young women who were married were depicted wild. In Miller’s Tale, Allison is portrayed as the unfaithful young wife of John, who could not control her desires of wanting Nicholas under her sheets. In the Wife of Bath’s, she broke all the stereotypes Medieval society thought a wife is. She tells the people that being married intercourse is part of marriage and God has made privates parts to make generations, not to waste in doing nothing. Being categorized or stereotyped in Medieval society was hard for married women in the Medieval era because often they were portrayed as disloyal, uncontrolled sexual beasts because of the lack of marriage

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