It entirely dominates the tale. Jankin, of course, then begged her forgiveness; and the Wife made him burn his book right there. In the prologue, the Wife of Bath argues that having five husbands is not wrong because God wants men and women to reproduce. Notice the listing in these lines. The story shows that even though back in those times, men had the upper hand in most of the relationships, it was still possible for women to use their god given abilities to get what they want.
The ending's a little ambiguous. Generally men had all the wealth-arguably to prevent women from leaving them- if they had no money they had no means to support themselves, independence wasn't an option. The Wife of Bath claims authority for her tale from her own experience. The Wife argues women were given deceit as part of their nature by God. This tale is given an A in general pleasure for this reason. The Wife says that one member of a relationship must always bend and compromise, and since according to the anti-feminist literature women are stubborn and unreasonable, a man should bend.
Jerome, two men whose opinions about women the Wife specifically alludes to in her Prologue. The hag concludes her speech by offering the knight a choice: either he can have her old and ugly, but a good and faithful wife, or he can have her young and beautiful, but with no guarantee of these other good qualities. This could be Chaucer challenging the social structures of the time, exposing the upper-classes and the corruption that they often got away with specific relevance to the Knight's crime, as he was a supposedly a noble himself. One is supposed to be gone. That's how that one ends.
She tells every man what women want when a queen charges a rapist knight, with a quest to find what it is that woman want most, on his life. She then spends some time utilizing the Bible to support her position. She also denies the popular belief that women should be submissive, especially in matters of sex. Could she therefore be saying that any woman will cheat and none are trustworthy? The Wife speaks on behalf of women everywhere: and against the male clerks who have written the antifeminist literature that Jankin reads in his book of wikked wyves. After a year, the knight returns to King Arthur's court with a heavy heart, no closer to knowing what women most desire. In short, Chaucer's world was fraught with danger and instability, and life for the average person was hard and often violent. But it's definitely a really great example of a chivalric romance.
There have been sons of noble fathers, she argues, who were shameful and villainous, though they shared the same blood. The old hag gives the Knight the choice that she can be ugly and loyal or fair and unfaithful, he allows her to make her own decision as that is what all women want,. The Wife of Bath's And the Pardoner's Tale were so close on a string, it had my mind spinning. The Wife of Bath's Tale is the obvious choice for me, for I fear that The Pardoner's Tale was short of the criteria by one thing, good morality. Would the Wife have made a suitable mate for the Goodman of Paris? Once her story is near its end and the knight, her protagonist, is face to face with the old woman, the antagonist, the wife's message becomes clear.
The knight cries out in horror. One strategy for teaching this material is to begin as a class and review the letter's introductory remarks. At this point, the Wife announces again that she is to tell her tale. The fairies quickly disappear, only to be replaced by an ugly old hag. Chaucer probably does not share the Wife's view of marriage, however. Some men, she claims, only want women for their looks, some for their money, some for their figure, some for their gentleness. Students may also wish to explore the Cult of the Virgin, an artistic and religious movement of the Middle Ages that gave virginity and motherhood an exalted status, a status that no real woman could ever attain.
The Wife, then, is a far more complicated figure than simply a proto-feminist. That occurs when her husband refuses the choice between inner truth and outer beauty by giving the governance in their marriage to her. Soon after he died, she married Jankin number five who was, at twenty, exactly half the Wife's age. Chaucer has the Wife quote Jerome and some of the Scriptures he cites, as well as a passage that Jerome translated from The Golden Book on Marriage by the ancient Greek philosopher, Theophrastus. When the queen bids the knight to speak, he responds correctly that women most desire sovereignty over their husbands. Yet The Canterbury Tales does not dwell on these issues. Chaucer, being male, would probably not hold that view, but he gives his female characters—the Wife of Bath, the queen, and the old woman—such strength of character that it is equally hard to imagine him thinking that their husbands should be their masters.
The people are repulsed by the knight's behavior and demand justice. Question: What is the moral of The Wife of Bath's Tale? For the Clerk and the Parson, her views are not only scandalous but heretical; they contradict the teachings of the church. The Wife of Bath is in the business of marriage. For his offense, Queen Guinevere and her ladies rule that his punishment is to find out within one year what women most desire, or else he'll be beheaded. The Wife is against text, but expert in text; against clerks, but particularly clerical; and, of course, venomous about anti-feminist literature, but also made up of anti-feminist literature.
After the Wife of Bath departs from the holy scriptures, she appeals to common sense — if everyone remained a virgin, she offers, who would be left to give birth to more virgins? Meet Chaucer the Pilgrim and the Wife of Bath Once students understand that The General Prologue briefly describes all the characters on pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral, they can begin dissecting the narrator's specific portrait of the Wife of Bath. Student responses should reflect an understanding of the historical context for women, as discussed in class, and should draw from specific portions of the text to provide evidence. This is the correct answer. The two are married in a small, private wedding and go to bed together the same night. Well through careful analyzation the answer can be found easily.
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. Then the 'Wife of Bath's Tale': A knight rapes a maiden, and his punishment is to go around asking all these women what they want most in the world. Some claim that women love money best, some honor, some jolliness, some looks, some sex, some remarriage, some flattery, and some say that women most want to be free to do as they wish. It knocks him off his horse, and he dies. It is perhaps ironic how he must now submit to what a women wishes of him and he must go on a quest full of women! The Wizard of Oz is another useful example because it depicts four characters who undertake a lengthy trek, each to seek aid from what they believe to be a mystical source. He responded by hitting her in the head with the book, leaving her deaf in one of her ears.