The Canterbury Tales: The Wife Of Bath



In Geoffrey Chacer's The Canterbury Tales we are introduced to 29
people who are going on a pilgrimage to St. Thomas a Becket in Canterbury.
Each person is represented to fit a unique type of behavior as shown by
people during the medieval ages. My attention was drawn to the Wife of
Bath through which Chaucer notes the gender inequalities. Predominantly,
women could either choose to marry and become of childbearing wife or go
into a religious order. Women were seen as property. Women during this
period of time, had limited choices when it came to societal roles. The
Wife of Bath exonerates the accepted roles of society, reflecting women's
attempt to gain control during the medieval ...

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tooth.

"Gat-toothed was she, soothly for to saye.
Upon an amblere esily she sat" (p.91, ll. 470-471)

This physical feature is attributed to lust and passion. The fact that she
could ride a horse easily also could take on sexual connotations (Maclaine
32). The horse she "rides" so well could actually be her husband.
Early in the Wife of Bath Prologue, The Wife of Bath declares that
experience is more important to her than knowledge.

"Experience, though noon auctoritee,
Were in this world, is right ynough for me"
(p.117, ll. 1-2)

She is confident about her knowledge of love, virginity and marriage (after
all she has been married five times). Just as men use the bible to justify
women's oppression, so did the Wife of Bath. She states that double
standards for women are deeply rooted in society. The Wife of Bath
addressed and dispels the justification for multiple marriages ...

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