Summary Of Beowulf And The Wife Of Bath's Tale

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Beowulf and “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” are two narratives in which gender acts as an important theme within the individual communities that comprise their settings and characters, yet they use different tools to define the roles of men and women within a community. In other words, both stories paint a vivid picture of the role of women by suggesting that one gender ideally has more power over the other. However, the narratives vary in their expression of this view; Beowulf conveys its message through what is missing, while “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” incorporates satire and uses explicit narrative to relay a woman’s experience highly different from that of her contemporaries. Another easily discernable difference between the two narratives is that men are portrayed as the heroes in Beowulf, while “the wife” is shown as the authority figure in the story of “The Wife of Bath’s Tale.”
First, although they achieve their end by different means, the main goal of both narratives is to show that the accepted community at the of these tales was male-dominated. While men are highly emphasized in Beowulf, women are conspicuously absent from the story. From the beginning, the tone is set in the opening lines that praise male characters: “… kings who ruled them had courage and greatness … that was one good king” (Beowulf 2–11). These lines provide the impression that a man of this society is considered great, brave and prestigious. However, women or their capacity for courage are not

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