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The Wife of Bath as a Teacher Extraordinaire
An analysis of the Wife of Bath as a liberated woman in Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Wife of Bath's Tale" and her Prologue.
# 153200 | 1,123 words | 1 source | MLA | 2013 | US
Published on May 06, 2013 in Literature (American) , Women Studies (Women and Society)

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The paper looks at how "The Wife of Bath's Tale" and her "Prologue" provide Geoffrey Chaucer an excellent opportunity to present an independent, assertive woman to his audience. The paper analyzes the Wife of Bath's character, and describes her as a liberated woman, someone who is secure in her sexuality and not afraid to challenge the societal customs of her day. The paper shows how "The Wife of Bath's Tale" presents us with the idea that women deserve more and it all begins in the home with respect.

From the Paper:

"Chaucer brings the Wife alive in the first few lines of the Prologue as she proclaims that marriage is a "misery and a woe" (Chaucer 276). These first lines are significant in shaping her for the rest of the Prologue and for her tale. Both mean different things as we realize the woman speaking them is not afraid to speak her mind and even less afraid to speak out against the moral codes of her day. She is confident enough to believe that her experience validates her opinions; she has lived enough to know certain things to be true and she is quite eager to express them. She lets her listeners know that her experience, "for what it's worth" (276), is all she has to offer these people but she is convinced her experience is enough to give her authority on certain subjects. With this attitude, Chaucer moves forward with the Prologue at an amazing pace. She is a tough businesswoman breaking free from the dominating power of men while exerting her own presence in the world. Her vast experience includes being married five times and she is eager to share her experiences with her husbands and reveals how she gained "sovereignty over them" (224)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Chaucer, Geoffrey. The Canterbury Tales. Nevill Coghill, trans. New York: Penguin Books. 1977.

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