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  • Themes
    • Love
      • A.N. Kaul Society 'looks upon women as property and upon marriage as a business transaction'
        • R: 'I don't know any business that you have to think at all ... you will promise to forget this fellow'
        • R: 'Very sorry but business prevents its waiting on her'
        • WofB: 'Were for myn profit and myn ese'
      • Arranged Marriages
        • Older generation dominates
          • 'Give me your promise to love and to marry directly
            • Contrast to WofB- no 'elderly parents' but married off at 12
          • Contrast to WofB- no 'elderly parents' but married off at 12
      • Church believed sex was a sin
        • 3 feminine estates
    • Women
      • Anti feminist- Women evil. Eve at apple getting everyone expelled from paradise
        • WofB: Book of Wicked Wives
        • Rebels against society and men
          • Twists words: Story of Midas- tells wife.
            • Yet just proving men right?
            • 'I wolde han toold his conseil every deel'
          • R: Less so evil, yet still rebelious
            • Lydia rebels against society
            • Lucy: deceives all characters
              • 'Wear a mask of silliness with a pair of sharp eyes under it for my own interest'
    • Power/ Dominance/ Definance
      • Men dominated society
        • Women couldn't preach
        • Preach St Paul said that 'Women must obey their husbands', fail to mention men should behave well towards husbands too
          • Comedy as this is what W of B does! Twists Midas Story
        • Women not really educated
      • Older generation dominates
        • 'Give me your promise to love and to marry directly
        • In texts women mainly dominate
          • COMEDY!
            • Men dominated society
              • Women couldn't preach
              • Preach St Paul said that 'Women must obey their husbands', fail to mention men should behave well towards husbands too
                • Comedy as this is what W of B does! Twists Midas Story
              • Women not really educated
          • 'Experience thou noon auctoritee'
            • Uses religious texts to dominate
              • Midas
              • St Paul
          • 'Hadde hem hoolly in myn hond ... hadde me yeven al hir lond'
            • Rhyming of 'hond' and 'lond'. Emphasises her defiance and how shes using them
          • Julia dominates in very different way- very sophisticated
            • 'Let us be as free as strangers'
              • Contrast to WofB and Lydia
        • Defiance against expectations of society
          • Wof B
            • 5 husbands
          • R:
            • Lucy- defies expectations as a 'simpleton'
              • Comedy in that deceives the educated
              • Similar to WofB in sense that not expected... rich dominate like men
            • Lydia defies expectations by choosing Ensign
              • Similar to WofB in sense that she defies societies expectations
                • Reading allows them both power over their men.
                  • Contrast to WofB in that does it for more attention? WofB to get rich- dependent.
                  • 'The Whole Duty of Man'. See elegance and delicacy in Lydia. Not quite 'an expert in al myn age' like Alisoun but very well read
              • Contrast to WofB in that does it for more attention? WofB to get rich- dependent.
      • Status
        • Status and Family name very important
          • 3 estates
          • 3 feminine estates
        • Sermon shows class of people preaching to
        • Class and wealth influence education and who you marry etc
          • Sense and Sensibility- Edward and Lucy/Elinor
          • R:
        • WofB appears higher status than is?
          • Well travelled, educated,
            • Education suggests a lot about status. Women weren't educated well in medieval times
          • 'of clooth-making she hadde swich an haunt'
          • 'Coverchiefs' which 'weyeden ten pound'
        • Lucy
          • Opposite to knight. Called 'simple' but ironically not. Knight called a gentleman but ironically not
          • Contrast to Mrs M- more educated/ high class yet language contrast
            • Mrs M name: derived from french phrase 'mal a pros' meaning inappropriate
        • The Knight
          • 'gentilesse' shouldn't be 'descended out of old richesse'
    • Comedy in fact people beaten at their own game
      • Rebels against society and men
        • Twists words: Story of Midas- tells wife.
          • Yet just proving men right?
          • 'I wolde han toold his conseil every deel'
        • R: Less so evil, yet still rebelious
          • Lydia rebels against society
          • Lucy: deceives all characters
            • 'Wear a mask of silliness with a pair of sharp eyes under it for my own interest'

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