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.
Similarly to slavery, Paul thinks that everyone should remain as they are; for example, the unmarred and the widows should remain unmarried (1 Corinthians 7:8). However, if the unmarried cannot abstain from sex, they should get married, because it is better to be married than to not have self-control (1 Corinthians 7:9). Paul says the Lord has commanded there to be no divorce among the married (1 Corinthians 7:10). If a believer is married to an unbeliever, they shall not separate from them for they may become holy; however, an unbeliever may separate from a believer as God’s will (1Corinthians 7:12-14). Concerning virgins, the only advice Paul has is to remain as you are: a virgin (1 Corinthians 7:25-26).
God created marriage as a union between man and woman. A woman, while still having a mind of her own and control over her own life, is under the authority of her husband. This frightens some women, who fear oppression at the hands of their husbands. While it is true that some men abuse the system that God set up for man and woman, not all men act as such. The Bible states monogamy is what God laid down as a foundational law of marriage, […the Creator ‘made them male and female...] ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’?
They said, ¡§Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away.¡¨ ¡§It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law,¡¨ Jesus replied. ¡§But at the beginning of creation God made them male and female. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.¡¨ When they were in the house again, the disciples asked Jesus about this.
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.
She uses the bible as a template to justify her actions of having sex for pleasure and procreation. As the church uses the bible to socially repress women from their sexuality. In addition, the wife of bath describes the difference in viewpoints for husbands and wives on their positions in a marriage. A woman in this time period looks at marriage as a profession where she obliges to her husband’s every command. A man looks at marriage more for pleasure and enjoyment.
The detracted value of women was established long after Adam and Eve sinned together. The marriage structure in the Renaissance era explicitly exhibits gender roles of husband and wife, and men and women. Marriage was construed as a dominant and authoritative link. In accordance to the Bible, it is the duty of the husband to govern his wife in the obligations of marriage, and maintain his wisdom and judgment to remain worthy in the eyes of God. Since marriage is a contract, the wife must be conventional of her husband’s control.
Genesis 2.24: "a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh" claims that the center of marriage should be the union of the husband and his spouse - a woman. Moreover, this life-long, exclusive relationship needs to be "healing, growing and maturing through times" to represent "something of God 's covenant relationship" (Elwell 347). Inevitably, a biblical marriage has not only requirements, but also limitations. People from one family cannot marry one another. Additionally, even though intermarriage seemed to be unpopular and dangerous due to the concern of the diluted religion, it was still practiced (Elwell 740).
In that time period, it is considered that the men, such as a father, husband or even a brother are supposed to protect the women in the family. Even though The Wife of Bath does not believe in being ruled by a man, she does however like to be married to one. One will notice that when a husband passed away or left, The Wife will move to her next husband. A marriage where the wife conquers over the husband is a perfect, blissful one according to The Wife of Bath. She discovers that it’s not too... ... middle of paper ... ...
She also points out that Jesus never lays down a law about virginity, and essentially states that we have the parts for sex and should use them as such. The Pardoner objects to the Wife of Bath's musings on marriage, but she decides to tell about each of her husbands. Three were good and two were young men. The good ones were kind, rich and old. She would withhold sex from the old ones to get the riches they might offer her.