Essay on Contrast and Comparison of the Knight and the Wife of Bath

1187 Words Nov 13th, 2005 5 Pages
Anais Quinones
October 31, 2005
Chaucer
BRL 2316
Prof. Tague

Contrast and Comparison
The Knight and the Wife of Bath

In the Canterbury Tales written by Geoffrey Chaucer, the Knight and the Wife of Bath are similar and also different. The Knight represents the nobility and military estate while the Wife of Bath represents the middle status. Both the Knight and the Wife of Bath are fearless. The Knight was a fearless worthy man who fought in the crusades while the Wife of Bath was fearless about her opinions on love, she was outspoken. The Knight and the Wife of Bath were similar in many ways. They both were best in their talents. The Knight was best knight in all nations in Prussia, "Aboven alle nacions in Pruce"(line 53).
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The Knight and the Wife of Bath had remedies for other people. The Knight's remedy for peoples faith was war, "And foughten for oure feith at Tramyssene"(line 62). The Wife of Bath knew remedies for love sickness, "Of remedies of love she knew per chauce"(line 475). She learned tricks of the trade in the game of love, "For she koude of that art the oulde daunce" (line 476). Both the Knight and the Wife of Bath were wise. The Knight was worthy and wise, "And though that he were worthy, he was wys" (line 68). Even though the narrator does not say much about the Knights physical appearance, we can assume that the Knight and the Wife of Bath were not identical. The Wife of Bath was a bold face woman with a red hue complexion, "Boold was hire face, and fair, and reed of hewe"(line 458). She was also gapped tooth, "Gat-tothed was she, smoothly for to seye"(line 468) with large hips, "A foot-mantel aboute hir hipes large", (line472). The Wife of Bath loves to laugh and chatter, "In felawshipe wel koude of that art the olde daunce" (line 476). The Knight was as quiet as a maid, "And of his portas meeke as is a mayde" (line 69). The narrator gives off the impression that the Wife of Bath is a poor woman, "That to the offrynge bifore hire sholde goon; And if ther dide, certeyn so wroth was she, That she was out alle charitee, (lines 450-452). It was possible that the Knight was also poor

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