Numerous people have criticized her for having had many husbands, but she does not see anything immoral about it. Most people established negative views on her marriages, based on the interpretation of what Christ meant when he told a Samaritan woman that her fifth husband was not her husband. To support her situation, the Wife introduced a key figure that had multiple wives: King Solomon. She learned how to provide for herself in a society where women had very little sovereignty and authority by gaining control over her husbands. Of her five husbands, the first three were “good” and the other two were “bad.” The first three were good because they were old, wealthy, and obedient.
Since the Wife of Bath states she learns everything she knows from experience, she’s probably not that literate, considering that some material someone learns at some point has to come from a book. Being that she has been married five times, she thinks she knows all there is to know. While others think there’s something wrong with the picture, she sees absolutely nothing wrong with having had five husbands. The prologue is quite longer than the tale itself. She explains more than anything, the thing women desire the most is the position to have complete dominance over their husbands.
It is clear to the audience is that her prologue and her tale will definitely be focused with her experience in her life. Her experience with sex within marriage allows Allison to gain control over her many husbands and she uses her tale to carry out her message that women should be dominion in marriage, as being dominion is what will please any woman more than sex, money, wealth or anything that may be. With her five marriages that she has had many people have criticized her. She says people say that one should only be wedded once. She has been told that you married five different men but who has you?
The Wife of Bath One of the most interesting and widely interpreted characters in The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer is the Wife of Bath. She has had five different husbands and openly admits to marrying the majority of them for their money. The wife appears to be more outspoken and independent than most women of medieval times, and has therefore been thought to symbolize the cause of feminism; some even refer to her as the first actual feminist character in literature. Readers and scholars probably argue in favor of this idea because in The Canterbury Tales, she uniquely gives her own insight and opinions on how relations between men and women should be carried out. Also, the meaning of her tale is that virtually all women want to be granted control over themselves and their relationship with their husbands, which seems to convince people that the Wife of Bath should be viewed as some sort of revolutionary feminist of her time.
They were women of God, and they were very important in the development of Gods image, and well as playing significant roles in Jesus’ life and mission. Women contributed to the movement, and the experienced belonging to his community just as much as the men. However, some may view the presence of women in the bible as a negative thing. Elizabeth Cady Scanton said that the bible can be used to exclude women from the public sphere. The Bible promotes marriage and childbirth as the most important things for a woman to do, as these things would make the woman stay home and create a better environment for her husband.
Chaucer's The Wise Wife of Bath The Wife of Bath, in my opinion, is one of Chaucer's wisest characters. I am somewhat surprised that he made up such a character, as he was writing these tales in the early fourteenth century. She took what she did have, which was wit and wisdom, and used it to her advantage. Although she was assumed to be an ugly old woman, she had five husbands all of whom she had mastered only to have them die. She personifies the character that women of her era secretly aspired to, however because of the restrictions imposed upon them by society, they could not be the Wife of Bath.
Even Bessie ‘knew it was always in her’. Mrs. Reed accuses Jane of lying and being a troublesome person when Mr. Brocklehurst of Lowood School visited Gateshead. Jane is hurt, as she knows she was not deceitful so she defends herself as she defended herself to John Reed when he abused her, as she said “Wicked and cruel boy! You are like a murderer – you are like a slave driver – you are like the Roman emperors!” to John Reed instead of staying silent and taking in the abuse, which would damage her self-confidence and self-worth. With the anger she had gotten from being treated cruelly, she was able to gain ... ... middle of paper ... ... blind, and crippled, and Mr. Rochester still loved her.
The Wife of Bath’s is a hypocrite with wisdom and advice that would be most helpful to her in her situation completely in control over her marriages and how they affected her. Even through her prologue she “hints at the erotic activity (Cox)” Which is strange, especially in a time when women only job was to keep their husbands happy and have children. So one must ask oneself how did Chaucer intend to portray the wife of Bath’s? Alisoun seems to defy any type of frame of a good woman during the 1300s. However, this is far from unusual in Chaucer’s writing, “Chaucer genuinely wished to write about good women, choose to adapt the biographies of women generally thought to be bad?” therefore even though he may have written the Wife of Bath in
The dedication of the book to the subject of the right woman in Israel is a significant part of the Old Covenant (Old Testament). Right woman is an important doctrine because the people of Israel were symbolically the wife of God (Jehovah). In this Israel was the right woman, and the Lord was the right man. This love relationship was the most important relationship and became the most important commandment: ‘’and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might=> (Deut: 6:5, 11:13). Marriage illustrates a relationship which is very important.
Within both the poems there is a mutual understanding of monetary value displayed within females. It is clear that the character of the Wife considers sex and money to parallel each other in her mind. Throughout her prologue, the wife constantly affirms to the idea of a ‘dette’ that her husband must pay her if he wishes to have sexual pleasure (eve and morwe). The Wife even claims that her husband cannot ‘be maister of my body and of my good’ inferring that he cannot have control of both her money and her body. This is proof of how much she is considered a revolutionist among literary critics because she rebukes the medieval portrait placed upon women.