The Struggle For Power In Chaucer's The Wife Of Bath

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Chaucer characterizes The Wife of Bath as controlling and powerful. The Wife of Bath was a complete contradiction of the typical female, during this time. The average woman was submissive and reserved. Whereas, The Wife of Bath possessed character traits that one would associate with men. Chaucer emphasizes this trait by describing her in such ways one would describe a man. He describes her face as being “Bold, handsome, and red in hue”(468). Handsome is an adjective used to describe men. Chaucer purposefully characterizes her this way to compare her to men. The Wife of Bath struggled with healthy relationships because she wanted to be the dominant and most powerful figure in her relationships. The Wife of Bath yearned for power and was determined

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