Sunday, January 27, 2008

Chaucer and the 19th Century Women

Throughout my search for information on the women of the 19th century and Chaucer, I ended up finding some quite useful information. In the website shown below, I was able to find out a little bit of information about Chaucer. Though he was an amazing writer, it seems that he left most of his work incomplete. To the public, Chaucer led an unfinished life as well, for we seem to not have much information on him at all. Chaucer tends to leave all of his readers left hanging and likes to confuse them by portraying two different sides to the story. It has also been said that he never completely finished the Canturberry Tales, he still one of the most historically well known writer of the past times. Reading over this website helped me to learn just a little bit more about Chaucer and his life. It helped to show me that although he seemed unfinished, made it through great accomplishments in his lifetime.

This website shown below gave me alot of different insights on the treatment and lives of the 19th century women. I learned that the women back then are like day and night compared to the women presently. Back then women were known as the housekeepers, and were for the most part not aloud to hold a job. The literature that was published back then was known to provoke the stereotypical house wife portral of women. Also, I learned that most women then had health disasters and were considered to be lacking in keeping up a healthy lifestyle. Overall, I found out some really interesting information from this website.

This website helped me to also locate more information on Chaucer and his life. It states that not only did Chaucer not finish the Canturberry Tales, but most of his work was incomplete as well. This astonishes me, for I believe that maybe he did this on purpose. Maybe he wants his readers to feel as if they need to use their imagination and to finish the story themselves. This is a unique style of writing, but it seemed to work out in his best interests. Also I think that it is pretty cool that people still have some of the oldest manuscripts dating back to the 15th century, which is pretty interesting. Overall I feel that I have learned alot from these three resources, and I feel pretty informed on the life of Chaucer and the life of women in the 19th century.