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The Canterbury Tales Essay : The Wife Of Bath's Tale

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There is an old saying that men come from Mars and women come from Venus.Venus, in the Roman religion and mythology was, known as the Goddess of vegetation. She later became, known in the Greek religion and mythology, as the goddess of fertility, love, and beauty. One could describe Venus as indicative of a woman. Mars, in the Roman religion and its mythology, was known as the God of war. In the Greek religion and their mythology, he was known as Ares, the God of war. One could think of Ares as symbolizing a man. In The Canterbury Tales, written by Geoffrey Chaucer, the conflict between men and women is of divergent wills and of divergent natures. 'Will' can be defined as the mental faculty by which one intentionally chooses or decides upon a course of action: a desire, purpose, or determination, especially of one in authority, or if one does not have authority it thus produces the 'will' within a person to achieve it. The definition of 'Nature' is the genuine character of person; the intrinsic or essential character of somebody. This essay will show how women 'will' to obtain sovereignty over their husbands in marriage and how the nature of women allows them to use devilish tricks and tactics to get what they will. In addition, how the 'will' of men in marriage is not to have conflict with their wives however; it is their nature to have sovereignty over their spouse. It will, be demonstrated through the 'will' of women and the 'nature' of men that, brings about the classical conflict between the genders in The Canterbury Tales written by Geoffrey Chaucer.The Canterbury Tales, written, some 600 years ago, is noted by many scholars and critics alike as the masterpiece of Geoffrey Chaucer's work. The central themes that are evident in The Canterbury Tales focus specifically of the conflict between men and women. These conflicts are still rampant in today's society. The saying that men are from Mars and women are from Venus is still held true. In The Canterbury Tales, some 600 years old, the themes discussed are still being argued today. The conflict noted in this collection of writing is of divergent 'wills' and of divergent 'natures'. Women 'will' to have sovereignty over their mates in marriage. "The wife of Bath's prologue" goes into the woes of marriage from the wife's view. The wife in her prologue says "Of tribulacioun in marriage, Of which I am expert in all mine age" (Line 179-180). She is speaking to the Pardoner who interrupted her prologue to mention that he was thinking of getting married, but now is having second thoughts. She assures him that her tale has not begun, but she will tell him of all the tribulations of marriage. She goes on further to tell us that she has had five husbands.Three of them were good and two of them were bad. The first three were good, rich, and old. She relays this in her prologue to say that "But sith I had hem holly in mine hand, and sith that they had yeven me all hir land" (Lines 217-218). The wife is...

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