Theme Of Fantasy In The Wife Of Bath's Fantasy

1052 Words5 Pages
Fantasy is defined as “the faculty or activity of imagining things, especially things that are impossible or improbable” (Google). It can describe one’s dreams, truest desires, and wildest imaginings. Chaucer employs fantasy all throughout the Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale to reinforce numerous ideals and experiences of the Wife, especially those regarding women’s rights and women’s desire to be in control of men. My first example of fantasy resides in the Wife of Bath’s Prologue. Around line five, the Wife begins discussing religion and how countless people believe that it relates to the number of husbands a woman should have in her lifetime. This number, by their standards, would obviously be one. The Wife disagrees with this, and goes…show more content…
I prey to God that I moote sterven wood,
But I to yow be also good and trewe
As evere was wyf, syn that the world was newe.
And but I be to-morn as fair to seene
As any lady, emperice, or queene,
That is bitwixe the est and eke the west,
Dooth with my lyf and deth right as yow lest.
Cast up the curtyn, looke how that it is.’”
The woman became exactly what she said she would: a beautiful, fair maiden; good and true. The knight then loved her like she wanted him to, and they lived in a blissful world. As shown through my examples, Chaucer employs fantasy all throughout the Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale to reinforce numerous ideals and experiences of the Wife, especially those regarding women’s rights and women’s desire to be in control of men. At first, Chaucer mainly uses fantasy in the Wife of Bath’s Prologue to discuss women’s rights and feminism but finishes his story discussing women’s desire to be in control of men. The Wife of Bath’s tale dabbles in feminism, but mainly discusses the control of men. Fantasy is an integral part of both pieces, and Chaucer uses it to make his points
Open Document