Sir Gawain And The Green Knight: A Literary Analysis

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In the tale of The Wife of Bath and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, my attention is brought to two specific characters. These characters are the Wife of Bath and Lady Bertilak for being so powerful as women and showing dominance over men. These stories were written in medieval times when women were worthless. Back then church and place of living were together. In the church women were supposed to be gentile and virtuous. Sexuality and education of women was condemned. The clothing during that time is nothing compared to the clothing of the 20th century. Their skirts were long and ankles were could not be seen. Growing up women were taught that they had to grow up and marry a rich man, staying at home taking care of the kids and following…show more content…
As described in her fight with her fourth husband she hit him then when he stroke back she pretended to be knocked out to take advantage. The Wife of Bath believes authority is more important than experience. “Was eek to to known a female from a male, And for noon other cause saye ye no? Th'experience woot it is nought so". (Page 282 lines 127-130). She has been married multiple times which back in the medieval times and even now a day that is unacceptable. She is also looking for her sixth husband. Back in the old days being sexual active came only after one is married and not supposed to be for pleasure but to reproduce (Lines 69-75). She then compares herself to those who live by society the "right" way, those are perfect people and she is not perfect so she does as she pleases (Lines 105-120). The highlight of that section explain this is where she states "Virinitee is a greet perfection". The Wife of Bath is not perfect but nobody is, her ways of living and doing things come from her sexual desire because in stories it's even said that she would go on these trips and "wonder". Harwood points out that before the Pardoner interrupts there are three points which are consistent, first one being the “wo in marriage” , the second one she insists she may be lawfully marry for sexual fruition and the third “tribulation” debt, and…show more content…
She seems to be only happy when she has control over her husbands. They have to hand over this power because without their consent she has a battle on her hands, both challenging the other for dominance in the relationship. The Wife of Bath's Tale resembles what she described of it in her prologue. Although The Wife of Bath contradicts herself, essentially she comprehends the link amongst her. The wife of Bath’s tale is the struggle of who has the bigger pants in the relationship. The wife in her relationships feels empowered and enjoys having the control of her husbands. When power is held over someone else than they also have control, the Wife of Bath’s prologue and tale, one could even view the contradictions on the way she has lived her
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