The wife of bath is meant not meant to contradict the misogynist of her time, but the scriptural rules of the church.
This woman was a “lady” of lust, and did not care to gain or lose love, but she loaned for power over men and woman. She was a woman who would turn men against other women so that she could have complete control over the man, and make them her husbands in which she had 5 of since the age of twelve. One she had complete control over the man she portrayed herself to be a woman of biblical stature. Contradictive right? That’s where this woman began to grow more and more interesting.
The wife of bath was said to have believed in God. To my surprise she was supposedly a strong believer, but one who only believed that man heard from god and not women. Once in her life she received a word from god through a woman prophetess, the woman told her that her fifth husband to be was not her husband. Receiving this information and quickly becoming furious, because she knew within her that it was her husband, the wife of bath took her husband alone and married him anyway.
The wife was a very headstrong lady who knew what she wanted. And if she didn’t get what she wanted out of her husbands she knew how to get it. She was one who rather than following authority she followed her the rules of experience instead. She could not understand, (even though she was a believer), why Jesus rebuked the woman at the well in the bible who also, like herself, had five husbands. So instead of taking that into perspective she chose the “ go on and multiply command”.
She compares herself to other men in the bible who had ...
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... men who were blinded by her true self. She wanted power and love, but the power she had over her men outweighed the love. It did not work out for her good She grew older realizing all that she had done to many men. She came to the realization that she is just old, and miserable. And anyone can come to the conclusion that she was a woman who couldn’t find true love.
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Brewer, Gwen W. "What Women Want: The Wife of Bath and the Modern Woman." Human Quest Jul 2001: 3. ProQuest. Web. 24 Apr. 2014.
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