The Wife of Bath is a wealthy and elegant woman with extravagant, brand new clothing. She is from Bath, a key English cloth-making town in the Middle Ages, making her a talented seam stress. Before the wife begins her tale, she informs the audience about her life and personal experience on marriage, in a lengthy prologue. The Wife of Bath initiates her prologue by declaring that she has had five husbands, giving her enough experience to make her an expert on marriage. Numerous people have criticized her for having had many husbands, but she does not see anything immoral about it.
The wife also had enough fortune to travel to the most important shrines in Italy, France, Spain, and Germany. The narrator’s described her appearance well. “Bold was her face, handsome, and red in hue” allows the reader to picture the wife as an attractive woman of her time. The middle-aged woman had impressive large hips and “gap-teeth” which express lust. Her corpulent figure was a very favorable aspect of the time; it indicated wealth and beauty.
Many who saw her act as Isabella were amazed at how well she played her. She showed that women were multi-dimensional, complex characters, and were smart. A critic of the time named Tommaso Garzoni praised Isabella stating the gracious Isabella, dignity of the scene, ornament of the stage, a superb spectacle no less of virtu than of beauty, has so illuminated the style of her profession, that while the world lasts, while the centuries endure... ... middle of paper ... ...ter after her death because of the numerous stories she told through song. Isabella Andreini worked very hard to have these amazing things said about her. She did what modern day women with less help and encouragement.
She calls it a story within a story because the Wife at Bath can be metaphorically considered as the old hag in her story. She goes on to describe the Knight’s Tale. Stearns, David P. "What Do Women Want? Go Ask Chaucer." Philadelphia Inquirer, The (PA) 31 Mar.
The folly of youth, some might say. The second sister was something else entirely. Entering the kingdom, she brought with her her own riches that were almost comparable to the King's. She was an intelligent and charismatic woman whom you could spend hours listening to, hanging onto her every word. But she was also cold and maybe too ambitious.
Everyone liked her at first, especially Hayley Parkin. Hayley is rich and beautiful with long blonde hair. She is the popular girl who everyone bows down to. Hayley and Anna were inseparable at first. Haley would buy Anna clothes and fancy watches.
For many, dancing was a favorite pastime. To an outsider, it seemed that a lady of the gentry class had nothing short of an enviable existence. The lavish way of life these women exhibited was outwardly apparent in the fashions of the time . Noble class women were adorned in ornate dresses, extravagant jewels, and the finest accessories. The best way to describe the look of upper class women in Victorian England is to say that she looked like a porcelain doll .
When it comes to class and character, not many women can exceed Audrey Hepburn, one of the most iconic and successful stars of her era. Her name is synonymous with an ethereal combination of 1950s and 1960s retro fashion, supreme elegance, and childlike innocence. She stood among stars like Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor as the epitome of female glamour. As a decorated and award-winning actress, Audrey was known for the powerful yet, classy female roles she played in some of today’s greatest classic movies. While her work in the film industry has brought her world-renowned success, it is her captivating charisma and sophisticated style that has been regarded for nearly half a century.
In The Canterbury Tales, many characters are not what they seem. Chaucer gives in-depth descriptions in the general prologue of all the characters and how they live their lives, from the knight, to the Wife of Bath, to the host. These people all have back stories and distinctive personality traits that distinguish them from the other characters. The Wife of Bath is a worldly woman and Chaucer describes her as “An estimable woman: she had five husbands, not to mention other company in her youth” (Chaucer 9). The Wife of Bath is a character that knows what she wants and exactly how to get it.
Therefore, because of her control, beauty, and knowledge the Wife of Bath is a woman that most women would look up to. With the Wife of Bath's five different husbands and the search of a new one, she didn't only know what she wanted but how to get it, she did this through ways of being controlling and selfish, but still, came out succeeding at the end of her relationships. The Wife of Bath, with her simple words of the five men she had been with, it was easily detailed with what mattered to her "they were good, and rich, and old, they were scarcely able to keep the statute by which they were bound to me" (p. 191). This is an explaination of exactly what she wanted and how she was able to be continue to be stable. Her unbelieveable control for the husbands she had, in which she thought they would be her "debtor and slave" (p. 189).