Women's Desire to Be Happy in The Canterbury Tale by Chaucer

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The question still remains even today that what do women most desire to be happy? The Canterbury tale, by Chaucer the Wife of bath talks about women and their happiness. The wife of bath’s prologue describes the audience about her experience with men and marriage from her past. As Chaucer starts to describe Allison, the wife of bath the very first word from her prologue is Experience. 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? She answers if great old figures are allowed to be with multiple wives at the same time than why woman can’t. it is just a thought that if he had found what she was looking for with her first marriage she would not ever have to married five times. As a fourteenth-century wife her motivation and conditions to make a claim about what she means by sharing her marital history, we must consider the intentions behind her marital decisions. The words used in The Prologue explain her message by shaping her character and situation. She claims that even if virginity is important, someone must be procreating to create new virgins. She says besides virginity the best gift that woman can receive is her sexual power. She uses that power as an “Instrument” to con... ... middle of paper ... ...Wife of Bath’s Tale explains the Wife’s, and possibly Chaucer’s intentions behind sharing such a broad biography in her prologue is an addition of the powerful relationship between Allison and her many husbands and how she is so willingly and confident in anything that she does because she feels that she has power over her four husbands. Works Cited o Caie, G. D. (1976). The Significance of the Early Chaucer Manuscript Glosses (With Special Reference to" The Wife of Bath's Prologue"). The Chaucer Review, 350-360. o Chaucer, G. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://english.fsu.edu/canterbury/wife.html o Crane, S. (1987). Alison's Incapacity and Poetic Instability in the Wife of Bath's Tale. Publications of the Modern Language Association of America, 20-28. o Greenblatt, S. (2013). The Norton anthology of English literature, the major authors. New York: W.W. Norton & Co.

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