Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The Wife of Bath by Geoffery Chaucer :: essays research papers

The Wife of Bath, Dame Alice is quite a spiteful woman redden though she desires only a few simple things in life power and control. Through her prologue and tale, she makes mirror images of herself , which reflects the person who she really is.      Dame Alice desires the obvious in life, besides what she most desires above all is being more powerful than her man, her spouse, and her l everywhere. In a relationship, she wishes to be dominant, the one who has the last to say, the one who has control everywhere all things in the relationship. This can be first seen in her prologue, "Ill have a husband yet who shall be both my debtor and my slave and check his tribulation to the grave upon his flesh, as long as Im his married woman. For mine shall be the power all his life over his proper body, and non he"(55-59). It is consequently shown again in her tale when knight returns the castle and fulfills the task assigned by the queen, "a woman wants t he self-same sovereignty over her husband as over her lover, and master him he must not be above her" (174-176). Yet another example of Dame Alices wish to be dominant is presented later in the tale told by her. The old hag, after marrying the knight, gives him a choice. It was either to have her old and ugly but faithful or young and pretty but wonder off. "You have two choices which one will you try? To have me old and ugly till I die, but still loyal, true, and humble wife that will never displease you all her life, or would you rather I were young and pretty and chance your arm what happens in the city where friends will ring you because of me, yes, and on other places too, maybe."(309-316)      By comparing the Wife of Baths prologue to her tale, it is quite obvious that Dame Alice wants to be the old hag. In some aspects, Dame Alice can be said to be jealous of the old hag. After all, the hag was given power and dominance over her husband. In D ame Alices true life it was not completely true. The husbands that Dame Alice had, "three of them were good and two were bad." (92) The three that she had were called good because they "were rich and old"(93) Dame Alice had complete control over them.

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