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The Knight's Mistake Essay

1042 words - 5 pages

In the tale that Geoffrey Chaucer had wrote, The Wife of Bath’s Tale, a man was described as a Knight. This Knight wasn’t like any normal Knight, he messed up and raped a girl. This is a big mistake, giving a lot of Knights a bad name, and having those that look up to them start to be disappointed in them. Usually the punishment that is given to those that rape, or in general any other crime, is death or time in the slammer, however, the Queen says no because he is a good looking guy. Instead of death, he had find out what women most desire from men. He is given a year and a day to find out, and on the last day, when he nearly had given up all hope, he sees an old woman in a field who makes a deal with him. The old lady gives the Knight a choice: to have an old, but faithful, wife, or to have a drop-dead gorgeous woman, but to have her never to be faithful, before she tells him what the Queen wants to know. The old lady and Knight get married and she wants him to sleep with her, like husbands are supposed to do with their wives. They argue and she gives him the two choices again; to have an ugly wife, but she is faithful. The other choice is to have a drop-dead gorgeous wife, but is never faithful. With this, he learns a lesson, and sufficient punishment.

To be given the choice to have a beautiful wife is something I look forward to when I decide to settle down and get married, but the wife of the Knight makes a good point. On page 149 the old lady gives him the choice “You have two choices; which one will you try?/To have me old and ugly till I die,/Or would you rather I were young and pretty/And chance your arm what happen in a city/Where friends will visit you because of me.” (lines 365-371) I honestly wouldn’t mind having a ugly, but faithful wife, but I believe that there are women out there in the world that are very beautiful and faithful. Sometimes you have to make the chance to get with a beautiful young gal just to see if they are actually faithful, I’ve done this many times before...well one time, and just to make things short, my relationship didn’t last very long because it was hard to trust her. Guys in today’s world are looking at girls because of their looks, and I wish it wasn’t like that, because girls kill themselves because they feel unwanted, and I’m sure it was like that in every year before now. To everyone's surprise the Knight makes the choice that guys nowadays would never make.

Given the task that the Knight had received seems to be a hard one, he is lucky that he found an old lady in a field just hours before he had to give the Queen...

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