Of course this was not aloud and his punishment, as decided by the queen of the court, is that he must find out what women most desire. Originally, the king wanted the knight’s to get his head chopped off. When the Knight rapes a virgin and takes "her maidenhead" (64), by him taking advantage of the virgin he feels that he is gaining power but he is really losing everything he has. Stated in The Wife of Bath’s Tale, “That he condemned the knight to lose his head, By course of law. He was as good as dead.” (67-68).
But the society is also highly matriarchal. After the knight commits a rape, the king hands him over to Arthur's queen, who decides to send him on an educational quest. His education comes through women, and the queen's challenge puts him in a situation where what is traditionally thought of as a shortcoming—a woman's inability to keep a secret—is the only thing that can save him. The Wife's digression about King Midas may also be slightly subversive. Instead of finishing the story, she directs the reader to Ovid.
And swear to me the next thing I demand you shall do if it lie in you might”. The knight accepts the offer that the old woman makes so he can obtain the information. In this instance the knight is powerless because of the crime he committed he must marry an old woman in order to live. Also, in this portion of the text it is really symbolic because a man will do anything to live or to stop his
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.
Instead, she could have shown her youth, which would have made the knight happy, but purposely chose to upset the knight. This basically portrays women as an obstacle for men who serve to annoy men. In addition, the Wife of Bath plays dead after her husband hits her to get property back. After getting her husband to the point of begging to her to forgive him, she makes a deal with him and says “but in the end we made it together. He gave me the bridle over to my hand, gave me the government of house and land”(280).
The Queen in return and sent on a quest. Chaucer is too saved by a woman; he was saved by the woman he was accused of raping, Cecilia Chaumpaigne and his dead wife, Philippa. Expressed in Chaucer’s writing the knight felt scared for his life and Chaucer for his reputation and marriage. Against other critics that say Chaucer was misogynistic throughout the poem, Chaucer is actually figuring himself out and correct his wrong doings committed but, living it vicariously with the knight in the
The Wyf of Bathe's domination of men parallels the aspiration of the knight in he... ... middle of paper ... ...ion as specific as the ones in The Canterbury Tales, especially within the church, are not easily found. The Wyf's reaction to the male dominated era that she lives in also gives insights into the way females deal with their lack of authority in their culture. By refusing to sleep with her husbands, and making them believe that she is having an affair, she is able to control them. Forced to give up their manhood to her, they obey her every word. When they don't enslave themselves to her she manipulates them until they are finally forced to give in to her power.
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).
The two tales, told by the Wife of Bath and the Clerk in The Canterbury Tales, have parallel plots. “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” begins with a lusty knight standing before his king’s court because of unjust acts he committed with a young maiden. Before the king can execute the knight, the queen objects and offers that the knight’s life is spared if he can find the answer to what women really want. The knight embarks on his journey to discover the answer (“The Wife of Bath’s Tale” 167-68). Similarly, “The Clerk’s Tale” takes place in the kingdom of Saluzzo, Italy under the control of Walter, the marquis.
“I grant you life, if you can tell to me what thing it is that women most desire.”(Chaucer. Page 702, lines 910-911.) On his journey, he ran into what seems like an old hag and ended up marrying her. The old hag was actually a magical woman who display herself as an old woman to teach the knight a lesson that looks isn’t everything. During this time, he seen the woman in her natural form and realize that he understood that all women want is control and power over their husbands.