The Wife of Bath

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The Canterbury Tales are an accumulation of many pilgrims’ stories as they make their journey to the site of Sir Thomas a Becket’s shrine, as he was the martyred saint of Christianity. There are many stories included in The Canterbury Tales. Of these many tales, one of them is the story of the Wife of Bath, whose real name is Alisoun. From her appearance and behavior, to her political and religious views, there is much to tell about the Wife of Bath, for her prologue and tale are quite long. The Wife of Bath is a very interesting character. In addition to Alisoun as a person, her story is fascinating as well, with a surprising and compelling end to the story. (SparkNotes Editors) According to the story, the Wife of Bath has a …show more content…
This, however, is not what Alisoun believes, which is why she does not blindly trust authorities' interpretations of the Scriptures. She firmly believes that it is her right to remarry after being widowed and thus boldly defends this right. In her defense, she recounts the story of the Samaritan woman that Jesus commanded to marry her fifth man with whom she was living with out of wedlock. Also, she provides the examples of Solomon, Abraham, and Jacob, all of whom had multiple wives while being followers of God. Furthermore, she argues it is God's command to be fruitful and multiply contraire to what the churches' interpretations of the Bible’s teachings are. The Wife of Bath truly believes that her ways are closer to the real teachings than the church is. (SparkNotes Editors)
Alisoun has a very awkward relationship with the other pilgrims. They are all open to her story and are willing to listen; however, they are very much aware of the fact that the Wife of Bath has a habit of lying. The pilgrims feel that she is giving a performance and they question her entire life story. (SparkNotes Editors)
Europe's medieval society was one that was entirely patriarchal, meaning that men held every position of power and dominated over women. They had to accompany women on their pilgrimages because women were
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