Analysis Of The Wife Of Bath's Tale By Geoffrey Chaucer

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In The Wife of Bath’s Tale, Geoffrey Chaucer uses the tale as a fable to reveal the human nature of shallowness by its plot and characters. The story begins from the ancient days of King Arthur, when the “hero” of the story condemned sexual assault, but then was saved by an ugly woman. Chaucer created characters that are lusty, greedy, materially desires, and amazingly shallow in order to compare and comment on the lifestyle of the higher classes at the time. From the start of the story, Geoffrey Chaucer illustrated how foolishly shallows the young Knight is in comparison to the upper classman. In an era of male domination, women have few political and legal rights; therefore, men tend to see women as properties and disrespect them. “He saw a maiden walking all forlorn/ Ahead of him, alone as she was born. /And of that maiden, spite of all her said, /By very force he took her Maidenhead.” (164) In the Late Middle Ages, knights were pictured as “heroes” who protect women and fight against beasts, but Chaucer’s knight was foolishly overcome by lust and became one of the evildoers. The quotes from Chaucer shows that the foolish Knight has not have the slight of thought about the consequences that will be happening to him after his decision of raping a beautiful and young maiden. Characterized by selfishness and shallowness, he did not once try to impress the maiden or get to know her; instead, he raped the maiden with just a glance of her beauty. Mostly, the Knight’s thought

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