She made health care her cause and received criticism from the public as being too political and taking on too large an issue for a First Lady. She did so to be recognized around the nation as more than just a doting wife. Women have similarly fought to be heard in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. When Macbeth tells Lady Macbeth that three witches prophesied that he would become king, for example, she immediately devises a plan to manipulate Macbeth to murder Duncan, the current king, without any regard for Macbeth’s desire to let fate run its course. Lady Macbeth persuades Macbeth to murder Duncan because it is the only way she can be valued and heard in a time where women had virtually no rights.
The hag is by all accounts the idealized version of the wife of Bath. The Wife wants control over her husbands, and most likely does not get what she wants from every husband, and the hag gets what she wants from the beginning. Even though the Wife claims to have had sovereignty over her husbands she slips when telling her tale and informs us that she wishes an early death to those men whom do not let their wives gain suprem... ... middle of paper ... ... the tale truly mirrors the Wife’s own life the knight better watch his back of he to will be dead soon. The parallels that have been presented show that there are not just similarities in the tale and the Wife’s life, the prologue and the tale are the real and the ideal way that the Wife sees her world. She, like many women of her time and ours, wants control over her husbands and will do what it takes to gain it.
They get married shortly after, a very private affair, and then the story switches to their wedding bed. The knight is completely dreading ... ... middle of paper ... ...governed by their wives; and all old, angry niggards of their pence, God send them soon a very pestilence!”(Page 150 Lines 407-410). Are the ending lines to the story and they finish the tale, even though the knight didn’t get what he deserved, his story will serve a purpose for generations to come. Clearly, throughout this entirety of the knights journey, it is clear of the views that Chaucer is trying to express through the tale. How women should be treated no matter what, how a gentleman should act not being born into his gentleman hood, or even to how his crime wasn’t punished accordingly but served its purpose.”So they lived ever after to the end In perfect bliss; and may Christ Jesus send Us Husbands meek and young and fresh in bed And grave to overbid them when we wed.” (Page 150 Lines 403-406).
In William Shakespeare’s tragic play, Othello, Desdemona asserts, “‘wouldst thou do such a deed for all the world?’” (4.3.76). During a friendly banter, Desdemona asks Emilia this very question; would she cheat on her husband to help him become monarch and have power over all the world? She quietly replies that she would only in secret, but only for her husband’s own good. This question plays an essential role throughout Othello because Emilia is first accused of cheating on her husband. Additionally, she is obsequious towards Iago because of her female role and responsibility as a wife.
They argue and she gives him the two choices again; to have an ugly wife, but she is faithful. The other choice is to have a drop-dead gorgeous wife, but is never faithful. With this, he learns a lesson, and sufficient punishment. To be given the choice to have a beautiful wife is something I look forward to when I decide to settle down and get married, but the wife of the Knight makes a good point. On page 149 the old lady gives him the choice “You have two choices; which one will you try?/To have me old and ugly till I die,/Or would you rather I were young and pretty/And chance your arm what happen in a city/Where friends will visit you because of me.” (lines 365-371) I honestly wouldn’t mind ... ... middle of paper ... ..., and learning his lesson on the nature of women, he conquered things that most men would just say “Take me, I don’t want to go through this kind of stuff”.
As the tale goes a knight has committed a crime and the queen sends him off to search for the answer to the question; what do women desire most? After struggling for most of the year he meets and old woman who swears to have the answer, “A woman wants self-same sovereignty over her husband as her lover, and master him, he must not be above her.” (Pg. 186). The queen agrees that this answer is correct and spares the knights life. However, now the knight is forced to marry the poor, ugly, vile, old woman.
In her tale, the Wife of Bath tells about a knight who has to go on a quest to find what it is that all women want, or else he dies. He goes in search and comes upon an old lady who tells him that all women want to control their men and they never want their husband to be above them. The knight ends up keeping his head, but because of a promise he made, he must marry the old woman. He reluctantly does and on their wedding night, he insults her to which the old lady has some very wise words in response. “When the knight realizes that the words the old woman says are true regarding the lack of wealth and beauty, he turns to find the old woman turned into a beautiful young maiden” (The Wife of Bath says, “cut short the lives of those who won’t be government by their wives; and all old, angry niggards of their pence” (The Wife of Bath’s Tale).
A woman wants the self-same sovereignty as over her husband as over her lover, And master him;and he must not above her” (Chaucer) This is a quote from the “Wife of Bath’s Tale” written by Geoffrey Chaucer. Throughout the poem there are many misogynistic topics are expressed all through the work. For example the knight assuming he had the right to have sex with the maiden without her consent. Many people assuming that since she is a woman that she cannot be a well traveled, experienced woman therefore she should be at the house with the children. And the knight, then husband, reading “The book on Wicked Wives” and becoming paranoid that his wife is out to get him.
In the end of the story the Knight is faced with the choice of either having a ugly and old but beautiful woman on the inside or having a beautiful, young woman on the outside and ugly on the inside. The question is a very intriguing question especially considering first of all how the Knight had treated her and what kind of lecture she gave him before she asked him this qu... ... middle of paper ... ... she responded in the fullest measure With all that could delight or give him pleasure.” Basically the Knight got a beautiful on the inside and out woman and wife. He never really got punished like he should’ve for raping that woman. In a way this seems to be mocking rape that solving a stupid question could get a man a beautiful wife and out of a crime he committed. He should’ve been killed in the very beginning of the story.
There are few ways in which the two versions are alike. The most obvious is that they tell the same story, albeit with a slight variation at some points, but in essence, the story told is the same. They are both about a knight who committed a crime against a woman and was sent on a quest by the queen to learn “what women most desire.” Throughout his journey, the knight asked many women what they most desired and received varied answers. Dejected, the knight travels back to the kingdom to receive his punishment, but he comes across an old woman. She tells him what women most desire, the knight is acquitted, and he is forced to marry the old woman.