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 told him that women desire to have the sovereignty and to rule over their husbands. The knight was pardoned when he gave the queen his answer but he was bound by his promise to the old woman. The old woman realized his unhappiness with their marriage and gave him a choice. He can either have her as a wife old and ugly, but humble and devoted, or young and fair, but independent. He chooses to give her independence.
The Wife of Bath is a clear emblem of believing that both genders are in battle with each other when it comes to marriage. She rejects religious teachings that women should submit to men, but rather, ‘that men shall yielde to his wyf his dette’ and this ‘dette’ is that she will use sex to dominate her husbands as he must pay the marriage ‘dette’ in bed. This is clear evidence of the Wife being a figure of revolutionary ideas by rejecting the idea of submission, however, an alternative interpretation is that the character of the wife of actually succumbs to
In “The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale” of Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, the Wife of Bath challenges the oppressive standards women are expected to uphold and asserts her agency by reassessing women’s public and interpersonal roles. However, rather than naively disregarding the influence of gender constructs, the wife manipulates the “limitations” that binary oppositions create for her gender in order to dominate the skill of persuasion. Through the careful use of language, the Wife of Bath exploits societal standards placed upon females in order to reconstruct women’s role within her culture and the institution of marriage. In particular, the Wife argues that her opinions should be regarded because her amount of marriage experience undermines authority. By invoking experience over authority, the Wife is able to disguise her domineering arguments, references, and ethics as informed opinions rather than efforts to overturn masculine supremacy.
The Wife of Bath clearly separates love and marriage when she is speaking of her own matrimonies. She values control over her husbands over an equal marriage for she “cannot love a husband who takes charge of where [she] goes,” (Chaucer 267). In fact, the only marriage she “took for love and not for wealth,” was her fifth and last who treated her poorly and was “disdainful in his love,” (Chaucer 272). However, in the tale the old hag, who seems to resemble the Wife of Bath in looks and age, states that she will not trade for all the gold in the world to be “less than [the knights] wife” nor have “less than [the knights] love,” (Chaucer 287). While still separating love and marriage, the old hag seems to combine them in a way that suggests a happy marriage worth all the gold in the world must contain love.
Canterbury Tales - Wife of Bath is Not an Attack on Women and Married Life Feminists have proposed that the Prologue of the Wife of Bath is merely an attack on women and married life. The Prologue is spoken by a woman with strong opinions on how married life should be conducted, but is written by a man. It is important to examine the purpose with which Chaucer wrote it. This is especially so as many of the pilgrims in The Canterbury Tales condemn themselves out of their own mouths, such as the Monk and the Friar. While the Wife spends most of the Prologue arguing in favour of the deceit and deviousness that wise wives will execute, the argument is often illogical and can approach ridiculousness in its vehemence.
In the Wife of Bath, Alison is viewed as a cynical women, whom the church views as wicked. If we look deeper into her tale, she opens herself up and I believe that she wants to be viewed as a woman who chases what could truly make her happy. The Wife of Bath does not realize how her words and actions show her to be spiteful woman. My central claim is that the Wife of Bath shows herself as a demanding and awful wife, but she is trying to fight for her place in society, as well as her own happiness. In the time of the Canterbury Tales, men were the authoritative force and women were to be obedient to their husbands.
She is resented as a threat to the bonds of men, an eventuality which will lead to the end of the Round Table. She is represented as a danger to the misogynist circle. Malory gives Guinevere a maternal character, whose love is expected to be impartial to her children, and in this case to her knights. By being the king’s wife, Queen Guinevere acquires a political and a symbolic duty in the kingdom, but this status does not exempt her from male’s contempt towards the female gender. All her attempts to improve her status are watered down by male rivalry.
The Medieval Male Feminist Set in medieval times, The Canterbury Tales by Gregory Chaucer tells the experiences of a group of pilgrims traveling. One pilgrim in particular, Wife of Bath, gives interesting insight into women’s life in this period. She fights to gain power in a society that limits women. Though the Canterbury Tales seems to be an anti feminist text, Chaucer’s use of a strong female character suggests he supports women gaining more rights. He addresses the unfair treatment of women in marriages and the lack of power that they have over their own bodies through the Wife of Bath.
Her inability to react to Tom's extramarital affairs indicates that she understood her position as a wife required that she accept her husband's unfaithfulness, despite her internal turmoil. In the climax of the novel, Daisy must choose between Tom and Gatsby. Remaining married to Tom would imply she accepts the norms, while running off with Gatsby would mean breaking them. When Gatsby asks Daisy to profess their love in front of Tom, she stops and thinks without acting the same instant. An aggravated Gatsby orders her to continue, despite her "perceptible reluctance."