The Wife of Bath’s Tale

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“The Wife of Bath’s Tale” in The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer is a story about a widow who took a pilgrimage to the town of Canterbury with an array of dynamic characters whose diverse backgrounds allowed them to share their stories with one another to make the long journey more interesting. The widow named Alisoun in the “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” told the tale of her experiences with her five past husbands and a story about a knight and a witch. She truly believed that for a woman to have a happy life she would need to gain dominion over a man; however one could assume this was programmed into her by her influential mother and her own religious doctrines. Accordingly, Alisoun argued that the woman must control everything in …show more content…
It is not a sin to marry again if your spouse died. The Bible states, “For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband” (Romans 7: 1-3). The bible does not state a limit to how many times a person shall marry but says that one should increase and multiply. The Bible avowed, “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth” (Genesis 1:28). Hallissy proposed,
The Wife of Bath sees marriage as basically about the use of what she calls the “member…of generation” (III, D, 116), the sex organ. Why, she asks, would God have made people with male and female sex organs if He did not intend them to use these organs? Sex organs are not, she reasons, merely for purgation of urine or for distinguishing a female from a male; they are also designed to pay what medieval people thought of as the marital debt. This concept in medieval canon law (church regulations) obliges husbands and wives to have sex with each other on demand” (111).
The first three husbands that the widow had were old, rich, impotent, and loved her dearly. She always had the upper hand in the marriages by
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