The Depiction of Women in Three Escapist Fictions

4 April 2015
A comparison of the depiction of women in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Tale of the Wife of Bath, Ian Fleming’s “From Russia with Love” and Sheri Tepper’s Beauty.

This essay explores how three influential writers, Geoffrey Chaucer, Ian Flemming and Sheri Tepper, from three different eras have depicted women in their writing. The portrayal of females by each writer is explored separately and then contrasted with that of the other writers. Specific examples and characters from these literary masterpieces are used to support the author’s argument. The author provides an analysis of the different ways in which women have been depicted throughout the history of literature
“The representation of women in literature has been the focus of much research conducted by both feminists and literature critics, particularly over the last thirty years. Sheri Tepper’s Beauty, Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Wife of Bath and Ian Fleming’s From Russia with Love, are all examples of escapist fiction in which the attitudes towards women play a key role in the theme of the story. Despite the claim that escapist fiction is isolated from the world in which its author lives, the values of both the author and the society in which he or she lives are reflected in their writing. The Wife of Bath, written in the fourteenth century, represents females as identical member of one group, all possessing the same faults and desires. Fleming, writing in 1957, depicts women differently again, categorizing them into two extreme stereotypes: the dominant, aggressive female and the submissive, naive female.”
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