Meanwhile, in the Wife of Bath’s Tale it was the involvement of destiny or fate since it was destiny that led him to the loathly lady. There were also ceremonial events in both of the stories wherein the Wife of Bath’s Tale it was the wedding ceremony and in the Knight’s tale it was the battle for Emilye’s hand
There are many similarities in the Wife of Bath and Pardoner Tale’s that bring them together. For example, greed, lust and issues with corruption that both tales have in them. This is important because these topics open the true meaning of the characters and unfold how the time period was at the time. The issues of corruption plays an important role in the tale’s the reason why is because many religious role models are corrupt. The Wife of Bath Tale’s has issues in it by the wife of bath not being perfect in her ways.
They were drunk, and went out to kill Death. This is the premise of “The Pardoner’s Tale”. An old man tells these men“if it be your design To find out Death, turn up this...I left him there today Under a tree” (Pardoner’s tale, lines 159-62). This, as it turned out, was really money, which represents greed. By the end of the story, all three men are dead from fighting over this money, leaving a pardoner yelling “Only a groat.
These examples of irony in the Pardoner's tale serve to demonstrate specific moral lessons. Throughout the Pardoner's tale, the Pardoner tells a story about the love of money and its consequences. However, instead of applying these lessons to his life, he completely neglects the morals of the story and continues down a path of
The Pardoner exploits this fear of being unprepared for death and uses it to urge the pilgrims to repent and give him their money. Immediately following the tale he says to the
The three characters from the Canterbury tales: the Pardoner, the Wife of Bath, and Walter from the clerk’s tale, all have aspects that are represented in today’s society. The Pardoner’s religious views are still present today. The Wife of Bath’s ethics and the morals of Walter from the Clerk’s Tale are also present. In the Canterbury tales the Pardoner is portrayed as somewhat of a detestable character who has some very unconventional views on sin and religion. He uses his title to trick people into purchasing his pardons and relics which are essentially worthless.
One of the men leaves to provide them with wine and food while they wait for nightfall. When arriving back into town, he buys poison and adds it to the wine. Meanwhile, the other two that stayed behind to watch the gold, decided to kill him and they would end up sharing the gold. The irony in the story comes down to all three of them dying. Therefore, the Pardoner’s moral of the story is that money is the root of all evil.
However, the Wife of Bath is described in the prologue as being independent because she travels on her own and “[knows] much of wandering by the way” (467). In her tale, the wife says, “women most desire… sovereignty/ [over] their husbands or the ones they love” (1038-1039). Based on her label as wife, readers
The Wife of Bath: An Analysis of Her Life and Her Tale The Wife of Bath’s Prologue stays consistent with the facts that experience is better than the societal norms, specifically those instilled by the church leadership. Chaucer uses the Wife of Bath to display the insanity of the church, but through switching and amplifying their view of men and chastity onto the opposite gender. The church doctrine at the time held celibacy in an idolized manner, forgetting the inability for humans to ever reach perfection, or live up to this standard. They also did not hold women in a high regard at all, again this is where Chaucer flips the role, as the Wife of Bath describes her five marriages in her prologue, essentially describing each as a conquest, where the result is her having all control. The importance of experience is clearly expressed in the Wife of Bath’s Prologue and is the reflected in the Wife of Bath’s Tale.