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.
The Wife of Bath explains that wife is no victim; rather, she is a perpetrator of the kind of marriages she has had. She is an active agent in her decisions to marry and use sex to propagate wealth. Her passion of sex makes us understand she endured sex with her first three husbands because they were old. Moments in The Wife of Bath’s Prologue suggest that while the Wife does not marry for love, she is unhappy in her marriages. The lack of love, however, does not mean that she is unsatisfied with her choices to be with those men.
The knight hastily agrees that he will allow her the request. Thus, she has taken her wisdom and used it to her advantag... ... middle of paper ... ...ave and once we get it we do not want it anymore. She has used the men in her life for riches and happened upon her fifth husband whom she loved only because he did not give much love back to her. All the reasons described above are why the Wife of Bath was a remarkable and different woman. She leans toward a feminist nature and seems resentful toward men.
During these lines, the Wife of Bath claims she has had five husbands, but the questionable legality... ... middle of paper ... .... She uses her asset to gain for herself, but she does not take from anyone else. To placate herself she looks to the stars. She does not justify her actions because they are out of her control; she is only doing what nature intended her to do. The Wife of Bath presents the argument that her marriages, sexual openness, and powerful female personality are all the result of her gapped tooth. Something so simple has created an obligation to destiny to seek out and marry many men.
They do not want to be seen as a toy you play with for one day and put away when she not wanted. Chaucer gives men the opportunity to be noble and honorable men but they choose to be above woman and go against a woman’s wants and needs. Whether its marrying a woman for her looks or keeping up an end of a deal by marrying one who is not their original type, the men in Canterbury Tales are given a well learned lesson in life as these same woman master the men who betray their morality. As woman have the upper hand they give men what they deserve and what has been coming to them for a long time. The Canterbury Tales uses the knight and the old woman as an example of how men should view women, and how there is more to women than beauty and money.
It seems that her purpose of her pilgrimage is more for adventure and social communication than for religious reasons. The Wife of Bath is considered a sensual character because women during the Medieval era demonstrated proper manners and etiquette, which she seemed to lack. She prowls after men for sexual pleasure and wealth. She is not ashamed to info... ... middle of paper ... ...ng he struck her with one of the books causing her to go deaf in one ear. Being the stubborn woman that she is she refused to leave and instead struck him back.
The wife uses the kind... ... middle of paper ... ...e struggle for power. She feels women should solely have maistrie over their husbands in marriage. As she does not believe they can be equal partners in the relationship in terms of power. In order to justify her actions, the wife uses her prologue and tale. The Wife of Bath shows such control in her prologue which summarizes her own life, the Queen in her tale who controls the knight, and the old hag in the tale who is able to manipulate the knight to achieve her desires.
She was not escorted nor protected by man. One of the wife of bath's reasons in going on this pilgrimage, beside getting the holy blessing, was the probability off finding a sixth husband. In the wife of Bath's prologue she argues with the pilgrims about the marriage and she use's her experience in the matter of marriage over the motion of the tradition authority. Because she been married five times, she is more experienced about the marriage more than any other pilgrim. In her prologue the wife of Bath's talked about her five marriages, and how she gained sovereignty over all of her husband.
She explains more than anything, the thing women desire the most is the position to have complete dominance over their husbands. In the prologue, she talks about how she talks about how she succeeded in all her marriages. During Chaucer’s time, women were classified as closely the character of a monster. They were not allowed to participate in church and were characterized as unsuitable. Being that the wife of bath was married more than once, people have begun to sense suspect; because back in Chaucer’s time, if a woman was to be married for the second time was deemed untrustworthy.
171,174). Although Othello tells Emilia that it would be "best" for her to remain silent, she ignores his request and ridicules him for killing "sweet" Desdemona (5.2. 169). Secondly, Emilia mentally challenges the social norm of chastity by condoning women that deceive their husbands. Although Emilia does not explicitly state whether she has ever cheated, she does say that she would not cheat for small, material wealth, but any woman would cheat in order to make her husband king: "Who would not make her husband a cuckold to make him a monarch?