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Wife Of Bath: A Response Essay

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The Wife of Bath could be considered an early feminist icon by her actions, dress, the way she associates with people, and the way she has power over men. She is much like the woman in the tale she tells. She refers to the tale as her Phastasy line 190. By comparing her last marriage and the tale she tells you can draw parallels between the two. On close inspection one can reconcile between the ending of the Wife of Bath's tale and her own life experience in her last marriage to a man named Jenkin therefore reconciling the fairy tale ending of the tale.There are strong and distinct parallels between the Wife of Baths last marriage to Jenkin, a much younger man and the knight situation with the woman in the Wife of Bath's tale. One of ...view middle of the document...

The two women also gave something emotionally and physically to their husbands for their sovereignty. The Wife of Bath submitted her lands and sexually to Jenkin after he gave himself over to the Wife of Bath. The woman from the Wife of Baths tale gave the knight the answer to the queen's question so that he could escape death and her physical beauty. This demonstrates the likeness in characters of the two women.Another similarity between the Wife of Baths own life and her tale are the men. The knight was a rapist and her last husband beat her. In the end of both stories the women has the power to make the men better through the women's power and persuasion. Thus concluding both women knew what was best for the men therefore after the men submitted they were better for it. After that the fairy tale ending is possible.The ending is also reconcilable through the nature of the characters of the Wife of Bath and the woman in her tale. Both are smart and know their own powers. They are wise to the way men are and the way they operate therefore giving them an unfair advantage. When people are happy and secure in their lives they are nice to people around them. Both women got what they want so they behaved like good women after all. In the end of the tales both women are happy. Through the similarities in the Wife of baths actual real life experience with her last husband and the tale she told about the knight the reader can see how similar the two stories are. The end of the Wife of Bath's tale is reconcilable due to the nature of the woman in the story and her self. Also from life experiences. It is very obvious through the story that the Wife of Bath indeed had a happy ending to her last marriage same with end of her fairy tale.

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