Throughout her marriages, she would discipline her husbands and torment them into total submissiveness. She would also use methods like manipulating them until they give her money for satisfaction in bed. The Wife of Bath did not see anything wrong with treating her husbands this way if anything she would think back and laugh at how much she got away with
All depict women as powerful figures who use their wits to make a better life for themselves. In The Wife of Bath’s Prologue, we are introduced to the wife herself. She may embody many of the negative stereotypes men have of women, but there is no doubt that she is cunning and intelligent. She weds five husbands and walks over nearly all of them, proving the stigma that men wear the pants in a marriage is wrong. She uses her sexuality and verbal abuse to emotionally manipulate her significant others.
In a sense, I believe her main theme is valid being what women most desire. Due to the constant oppression of women by their partners, many people, in addition to the Wife of Bath, believe sovereignty over their spouse is the perfect resolution to their complications. However, marriage is mostly about teamwork and support as the two people journey on through life. In the present day, it seems that we have made impressive progress as strong partnerships are much more prominent in marriages compared to the time period of the Canterbury
The Wife of Bath and her tale are the most similar out of all the tales because they both share a domineering outlook over others. In the general prologue she is told to have had five husbands and is described as a looker, “Her face was bold and handsome and ruddy,” (Chaucer 39). In her prologue she goes more in depth of her time spent with her five husbands. Wife of Bath talks most about how she gains control over her husbands. For instance, her fifth husband was the controlling force in their marriage until he made the mistake of hitting her and telling her he would do anything to keep her with him and said, “My own true wife, do as you wish for the rest of your life…” (335).
A great example of this is found in the medieval literature “The Canterbury Tales.” In the tale “The Wife of Bath's” the wife gloats about the power she has over all five of her husbands. “I kept my husbands well in hand. I told them they were drunk and their unfitness to judge my conduct forced me to take witness that they were lying” (Canterbury Tales, page 268.) The Wife’s deception against her husband gave her the upper hand in marriage. Stating that trickery was instinct in a woman.
She is certain that her daughter’s intelligence will go unappreciated as hers did, and that her daughter’s frivolous nature and beauty will instead be embraced. Daisy presents this controversial line in an intriguing way; she doesn’t directly challenge the values of her society, yet makes certain to point them out. Her words also reveal that the true Daisy is not as simplistic as she seems. Daisy has molded herself to fit the standards her society provides her with. She is a creation of a male-dominated
The beginning of the feminist movement in the 1900’s, sparked much attention from those who lived at this time. The changes in attitude brought forth from the feminist movement made many men feel threatened and uncomfortable. In 1899, Kate Chopin published the feminist novel, The Awakening, which created much controversy. The protagonist of the story, Edna Pontellier, emerges from her own “awakening,” and gains her own independence from breaking away from society. However, her struggle with herself and society overtakes her and Edna’s sudden awakening ends in tragedy.
The logic she uses in the essay “DEAR YOUNG LADIES WHO LOVE CHRIS BROWN SO MUCH THEY WOULD LET HIM BEAT THEM” are lines such as “There is nothing better than knowing the suffering can stop than knowing you must endure but if you no longer wish to do so, you don’t have to because it is safe to withdraw your consent. There is nothing better than knowing you have some control in a situation that feels so far beyond your control.”. These lines show how serious yet logical her thought process is when it comes to her ideas and points of what consent is. When Gay appeals to emotion in her essay she uses lines such as “I am sorry our culture has treated women so poorly for so long that suffering abuse to receive celebrity attention seems like a fair and reasonable trade. We have failed you, utterly.”.
The Wife of Bath travels plenty and has visited Jerusalem, Rome, Spain, Cologne, and Boulogne, and rides horses. Although having many great qualities, what seems to be a wonderful figure, and a wonderful travel life, she has been married many times. Five times have been in the church, and her first marriage was at the age of fourteen. The reason why she has been able to have such an “extravagant” lifestyle as a middle class woman is she kept marrying older men, and none seem to survive the marriage. She was known to be a lusty woman.
From the viewpoint of these characters, love is impractical when their final goal is to sleep with the women that they see as objects for their pleasure. This view of women is still present today and knowing where this problem stems from by analyzing how women were represented in the world, including in stories like this, is an important step in improving the conditions of women and how they are treated in this world