Because that was the right answer, the knight was spared his life. However, the knight still had to return the favor of the old ugly women. She wanted to marry him and he could not object. The old lady did realize that he was unhappy and the knight
The Knight proclaimed that he had found the answer and told the entire court that women most desire to have mastery over their husbands and their lovers. None of the women assembled in the court could contradict the Knight and the queen spared his life. Thereupon the old woman sprang up and told the queen that she had taught the answer to the Knight in exchange for a wish. She now demands, that the Knight marry her and fulfill her wish. The Knight pleads with her to ask for ... ... middle of paper ... ...hange in behavior (but not in soul) and the hag's transformation into the physical object of desires—are only skin deep.
The Knight then comes before his queen and states his newfound knowledge, which she is completely taken aback that he has figured out the solution to her riddle. After he is released, the old lady comes back up to him and reminds him of the deal that they struck not so long ago, but its a cliffhanger. The old lady wants to marry him. He is wary and at first completely disagreed saying that anything else would be a better solution to the wager, but the old women is persistent and he finally agrees. They get married shortly after, a very private affair, and then the story switches to their wedding bed.
Nobody disagrees with her answer, and the old woman asks the knight to marry her. The knight agrees reluctantly. On their wedding night, the knight is despondent over what he has gotten himself into. The old woman lectures him on the trivial nature of appearances, then gives the knight a choice; ugly and faithful or beautiful but unfaithful. The knight leaves the decision up to her.
The major characters of the Tale of the Wife of Bath are the old crone and Jankin (one of King Arthur's knights). Her Tale begins with a knight, Jankin, who when riding home one day found a maiden walking alone and raped her. This crime usually held the penalty of death, but the queen intervened and begged her husband to spare the knight. She told the knight that she would grant his life if he could answer the question "what do women most desire?" She gave him one year to find the answer.
She, like many women of her time and ours, wants control over her husbands and will do what it takes to gain it. She tells us how she gained control over her husbands, even when it lead to the oldest trick in the book, withholding “pleasures”. Then she backed up her desire for sovereignty by telling us in her tale that it was not just herself who wanted this dominance, but every woman wants the same, even if they don’t know it. Finally she idealizes what she wants from a husband with the tale of the knight and the hag. If only it were as simple as the tale told.
Every night Scheherazade tells a story to the King. The King is curious about how the story ends, and each morning he postpones the execution, so that Scheherazade can finish the story. Over time, he begins to feel real love and trust for his wife. Over the next 1001 nights she tells a new story. Some stories are framed within other tales, while others begin and end on their own.
However, now the knight is forced to marry the poor, ugly, vile, old woman. After much discontent the old woman gives the knight an ultimatum, he can either have an old, ugly wife who will do no wrong in the marriage or a beautiful, young wife who may not be loyal to him. After being completely puzzled by the choice he tells the woman to choose, luckily for the knight this was the correct choice to benefit himself. The old woman has “won the mastery” (Pg. 192) over her husband and grants him with a beautiful, young, faithful wife.
He was probably thinking that death by decapitation might have been the better than to live with the same old, ugly woman for the rest of his god-forsaken life. The knight in the tale had no choice but to submit to the sovereignty of the old hag. If the knight was a little smarter and did his homework in trying to say, "Hey, how does this old hag know the answer to what women most desire? She’s probably never been with a man before!" The knight was ... ... middle of paper ... ...sed on the information given in the tale, I feel that women don’t desire to have power over their husbands.
In act 3 scene 2, when the Nurse informs Juliet about Romeo’s banishment and Tybalt's death, Juliet gets despondent. Juliet laments that she will “die” without a wedding night, as a “maiden-widowed”. The nurse tries to up her mood by assuring her that “Romeo will be here at night”. The nurse also knows that Romeo “is hid at Lawrence’ cell” This tells us that although the Nurse knows where Romeo is hiding, she still doesn’t tell that to Lord Capulet, who at that time would be looking to take revenge of Tybalt's death. And on the other hand the nurse promises Juliet that she will bring Romeo to her tonight to “comfort” her, and bringing a Montague to a Capulets mansion is against the rules, so the nurse is going against Lord Capulets authority just for Juliet.