Canterbury Tales Essay

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Chevu10.21.2011 The Canterbury Tales Analysis-Wife of Bath Geoffrey Chaucer wrote The Canterbury Tales, a collection of stories in a frame story, between 1387 and 1400. It is the story of a group of thirty people who travel as pilgrims to Canterbury. ,,This is the point, to speak shortly and plainly: that each of you, for something to shorten our way with on this trip , shell tell two tales…and on the homeward way two more.”(General Prologue 790-795) The General Prologue among other things, shows why the short stories are being told and preached, and why The Prologue is the key to the tales, because of referring to the Storytellers and their characteristics,(That will later on show, how do the descriptions refer to the story). The Wife of Bath is one of the Storytellers. The woman who has been married 5 times; ,,Welcome the sixth, whenever he comes along.”(45) And is obviously not ashamed nor ambiguous in her sayings, tells a story which is more than a resemblance to her character. The old hag in the story is intent to represent the Wife of Bath herself. Though the hag has aged, she is capable of displaying all of the vigor and inner beauty of her youth if the right man comes along, which is the same case with the Wife. When looked at her as an idealistic character the old hag believes bad man (The Knight) can change, but chosen the opposite, a cynical character is something that is seemed. Hag’s transformation into the physical object of desires of the Knight are only skin deep, and that represents superficiality. In both Prologue and Tale the Wife of Bath discusses marriage, virginity, and most importantly the question of sovereignty. In the “Wife of Bath's Tale,” Alison is suggesting control that women should have. A strong-willed and dominant woman who herself gets what she wants when she wants it., and cannot accept

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