Numerous people have criticized her for having had many husbands, but she does not see anything immoral about it. For the uninitiated, Geoffrey Chaucer wrote The Canterbury Tales about a ragtag group of misfit pilgrim people swapping stories on their journey to see the shrine of Thomas Beckett. The wife having created the knight and theme of rape is a perpetual self-rapist. She will do anything to keep herself at the top of the world. Once he does so, and shows that he has learned his lesson by letting his old ugly wife make a decision, she rewards him by becoming beautiful and submissive. When Chanticleer dreams of the fox, he awakens her in the middle of the night, begging for an interpretation, but Pertelote will have none of it, calling him foolish. The Miller is very strong and can heave the strongest door off its hinges by battering it with his head.
One narrative in particular, that of the Wife of Bath, serves both purposes: to teach and to amuse. The Miller The Miller, named Robin, is a stereotypical representation of a dishonest man. Throughout her story, I was shocked, yet pleased to encounter details which were rather uncharacteristic of the women of Chaucer's time. This instantly heats up her husband, and he hits her. She thinks highly of herself and loses all patience if anybody dares to precede her in making an offering.
Of these many tales, one of them is the story of the Wife of Bath, whose real name is Alisoun. Chaucer himself becomes a character, and at the same time, the narrator in this masterpiece, and along with twenty-nine other people, he sets out on the quest to Canterbury. Maybe not even what she herself thinks she is. This lesson helps students understand the complexities of the Wife of Bath's character and the rhetoric of her argument by exploring the various ways in which Chaucer crafts a persona for her. Among these twenty-nine excursionists are two women.
He purposely makes The Wife of Bath stand out more compared to the other characters. She believes more in experience rather than in written authority that is , in texts written by men. 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. They were to be submissive to their husbands and follow their lead. Always ready to befriend young women or rich men who might need his services, the friar actively administers the sacraments in his town, especially those of marriage and confession. The Wife of Bath is a domineering, headstrong, and ambitious opportunist.
Students begin by familiarizing themselves with the framing narrative of The Canterbury Tales and the language in which the Tales were written: Middle English. It was believed in the Middle Ages that a gap-toothed person would be very lucky and travel far and wide. As mentioned before, she would demand payment in bed, in return for which she would make payment sexually of the marriage debt she owed them Nelson. She shows off her Sunday clothes with evident pride, wearing ten pounds of cloth, woven by herself under her hat. Chaucer uses the Wife and the Pardoner to examine sexuality in the medieval period. It is possible that this allegation of rape brought on to Chaucer by Cecily Chaumpaigne, is the very reason behind the Tale of the Wife of Bath.
The Knight accepts and presents this answer to the queen. Geoffrey Chaucer went about breaking the double standard in a variety of ways. Raping the girl is one example. We notice similarities in the way they view a relationship and their manipulative behaviors. The Wife of Bath also directly speaks against strict religious claims for chastity and monogamy, using Biblical examples.
This work stands the test of time both because of its literary qualities and because of what it can teach us about the role of women in late Medieval society. She says that if he swears to do whatever she will next ask him, she will tell him the answer. The Wife discusses her lives with her five husbands. Later on, the Host accuses him of being silent and sullen. This means, of course, that she has been five times widowed. Each person is represented to fit a unique type of behavior as shown by people during the medieval ages.
Even if she was old and trashy, she dressed in expensive clothes, contrary to the role she was supposed to fill in life being the a parson. Things are either black or white, good or bad, waffles or tacos. Her morals are questionable, and gives off the impression of being a gold digger. In conclusion, the wife longs what every woman wants in a relationship; power. Does this evidence make her arguments against academic authorities seem somewhat beside the point? My attention was drawn to the Wife of Bath through which Chaucer notes the gender inequalities.
Her clothes, physical features and references to her past are purposely discussed by Chaucer causing the reader to wonder how well she fits the rules imposed by Christian authorities regarding womanly behavior. The Wife of Baths tale, in which she says that one spouse, preferably the wife, must have mastery over the other. However, he doesn't think about the possibility that what the hag will want may turn out to be even worse, considering the fact that honor and personal integrity were valued more than life in those times. Students will also benefit from understanding attitudes toward women and marriage that prevailed during Chaucer's time. Since she is his wife she feels he should bow to her. The Wife of Bath comes from the town of Bath, which is on the Avon River.