Wife Of Bath Essay

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In the Wife of Bath, Alison is viewed as a cynical women, whom the church views as wicked. If we look deeper into her tale, she opens herself up and I believe that she wants to be viewed as a woman who chases what could truly make her happy. The Wife of Bath does not realize how her words and actions show her to be spiteful woman. My central claim is that the Wife of Bath shows herself as a demanding and awful wife, but she is trying to fight for her place in society, as well as her own happiness. In the time of the Canterbury Tales, men were the authoritative force and women were to be obedient to their husbands. I believe that Alison, the Wife of Bath, is trying to fight for her place, as ...view middle of the document...

Alison tells a tale about a knight sent to find out what women really desire and along the way, he meets an old hag who saves his life and they live happily ever after. I believe the reason that the Wife of Bath tells this tale is to show that the only thing women want in life is to be in control of their marriage and in other aspects of their lives, as well. She tells this tale to those listening on the pilgrimage to prove her point that she wants to be in control of her relationship and also wants to persuade her acquaintances that St. Paul approves marriage, so women should be able to marry as many times as they desire.
The Wife of Baths’ purpose of telling this tale is to persuade her listeners that all women desire to be obeyed in all things by their husbands. I believe that in this tale, the Wife of Bath is trying to reflect herself within the old hag. Comparing both Alison, and the old hag, they both desire to have authority and both displayed vigor and a change in action when...

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