Wife Of Bath's The Wife Of Bath

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The wife of bath makes it a priority to address the patriarchal binary within marriages that relegates women as inferior submissive wives to their superior dominant husbands. She spends a great portion of her prologue talking about her marriages and her relationships with her husbands. As opposed to being the pious woman, mother and home maker she was expected to be, the Wife of Bath manipulated the institution of marriage, exploiting it to accumulate wealth and power. She understands that as a woman she is a commodity and that the only true power she held was her sexuality. She uses this to her advantage in a way that benefits her most. One manner in which she wields this power is by withholding sex in order to gain dominance over her husband.
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