The Wife of Bath by Geoffery Chaucer Essay

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Analysis of the Wife of Bath
     In Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Chaucer starts his prologue with the description of twenty-nine people who are going on a pilgrimage. Each person has a different personality that we can recognize from the way people behave today. He purposely makes The Wife of Bath stand out more compared to the other characters. “In the “General Prologue,’ the wife of bath is intentionally described in an explicit way to provoke a shocking response” (Blackman 23). The way she dresses and her physical features are references to her past. By referring to her attitude on men and her physical appearance, Chaucer questions the Wife of Bath’s behavior reguarding strick Christian rules. The Wife of
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The Wife of Bath is overtly manipulative, using her sexuality as a weapon against her husbands in order to force the husband to provide for her. She cruelly accuses her husband of ingratitude and withholding sex to extract gifts from her husbands. “Blessed be god that I have married five, and always, for the money in his chest”. (Chaucer 44-45)
     Wife of bath feels that men should obey her. She should not be controlled or told what to do by others, especially by a man. Instead she wants to control them and tell them what to do. She displays a very sick and power-thirsty attitude when she says, “My husband shall enjoy it night and morrow whenever it pleases him to pay his debt. A husband, though-I’ve not been thwarted yet-Shall always be my debtor and my slave.” (Chaucer 159-161). The wife of bath believes that experience is the greatest authority, and since she has been married five times, she certainly considers herself as an authority on the husbands. “Experience, though all authority” (Chaucer 1)
Her husbands fell into two categories. The first category of husbands were: rich, but also old and unable to fulfill her sexual needs. The other husbands were sexually vigorous, but harder to control. The first three were rich, old, and jealous. She tamed them by accusing them of promiscuous behavior
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