The Power Of Women In The Wife Of Bath's Tale

analytical Essay
1043 words
1043 words

The Power of the Woman The Canterbury Tales by Gregory Chaucer are set around the time of Medieval England. Specifically, “The Wife of Bath’s Tale,” takes place during King Arthur’s rule in the 600s. In, “The Wife of Bath’s Tale,” Gregory Chaucer uses satire as a form of humor to point out the underlying power that women have in Medieval England. As the knight struggles to find out what women desire most, he stumbles upon this old woman known as Crone. After the knight grants his freedom he must answer to the old woman and do whatever she wants, thus leading her to take control over his life. The tale starts off as a knight riding into town on a horse where he spots a young maiden. After he approaches the maiden, he rapes her and leaves her …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how gregory chaucer uses satire as a form of humor to point out the underlying power that women have in medieval england.
  • Narrates how king arthur decides to sentence a knight to death, but the queen gives the knight an alternative task in the hope of sparing his life.
  • Analyzes how the knight sees the ferry woman (also known as crone) in order to have someone to confide about the challenges he is facing while finding the answer to the queen’s question.
  • Analyzes how the knight makes comments about the age of his elderly wife and her appearance. the old woman can either be her actual age or she can change herself into a young woman.
  • Analyzes how the ferry woman symbolizes the power and control because she utilizes her brain and appearance to test the knight to see how he reacts to her.
  • Analyzes how chaucer uses satire to show that the old woman from "the wife of bath's tale" embodies the power of women in medieval england.

Chaucer challenges some of the men in the story by putting them in a position where they are not in control. For instance, when the knight has to answer to the king after raping the maiden the king wants to sentence him to death, however his wife pleads her husband to have leniency with the knight, thus leading her to take control over the situation. Also, when after the knight marries the crone, she asks him the type of wife he prefers to have his responds by allowing her to control the outcome of events. By the men letting the women take control in this story, they are surrendering their own power and are handing it over to their wives. This exemplifies an effective use of satire because in Medieval England, women were not the ideal person to have control or power whatsoever. “The Wife of Bath’s Tale,” points out that although women are not originally in a high place of power, they are capable of using their physical appearances to control their husbands both a sexual and emotion way. Over all “The Wife of Bath’s Tale,” is a well thought out tale that is the perfect depiction of how women in Medieval England are not usually in a high position of power but can still have the ability to control the lives of not only themselves but their husbands as

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