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The Wife of Bath (Essay #2)

 

Chaucer portrays the Wife of Bath as if she is a hypocrite,
although, beneath the words, there is a great deal of
wisdom involved. The approach that I take, is the view that
this tale is advice for women to take. This tale teaches
women that there are times one should be a feminist and
times you should not. If a women would be a feminist all
her life, she probably wouldn't get anywhere in her life or
with any man. If a woman were not to have a feministic
character anytime of her life, she would be overwhelmed by
most men, of work or whatever the case may be. 

Early in The Wife of Bath, there is a quotation said by the
wife of bath supporting the idea that she is feministic. "I
don't deny that I will have my husband both my debtor and
my slave; and as long as I am his wife he shall suffer in
the flesh. I will have command over his body during all his
life, not he." In other words, she is saying that she will
have total control over herself, her husband, and their
household and very specifically, "...not he". This can be
interpretated that her husband will not have the same
privileges as her in the sense that he is like a 'slave'
and she will 'command' over him.. This quotation seems as
if the Wife of Bath is leaning toward the feministic
opinion. 

"Nevertheless, since I know your pleasure I'll satisfy your
physical pleasure." This was said by the Wife of Bath and
supports the non-feministic view. The reason this is
considered non-feministic is because the woman is giving in
to the man's desire which goes against feministic beliefs.
The Wife of Bath has a choice of not giving in to the man,
but she decides to let the man have pleasure for his desire
not hers, because she has experienced sex before and she
knows how much men enjoy it. This quotation obviously goes
against feministic beliefs, leaving an unanswered
contradiction about the Wife of Bath. 

My view on The Wife of Bath is negative. I feel that this
tale is very vulgar and contains too much involvement of
sex. Besides the fact of the tales vulgarness the Wife of
Bath was a well told story and the message was well
received. This story might seem hypocritical at first, but
between the lines there is some helpful advice for many
women in the world today. 

 




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