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How does Chaucer feel about the Wife of Bath?

Last Updated: 8th April, 2020

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Chaucer portrays the Wife of Bath as a deviant and rather ugly woman. The physical appearance of the Wife of Bath described by Chaucer is "she had gap-teeth, set widely." Showing that her facial features weren't of the finest. She is dressed in very expensive cloths and wears a scarf covering her head, neck and chin.

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Keeping this in view, why does the Wife of Bath tell her tale?

'The Wife of Bath feels she is an expert on relations between men and women because of her experience with five husbands. Her main point in her prologue and in her tale is to explain the thing women most desire - complete control - which she describes as sovereignty over their husbands.

Secondly, how does the Wife of Bath feel about being married five times? The Wife of Bath expresses her opinion of marriage simply with the moral in her tale: Women want to be considered the equal or better of their men. She is in control of her five marriages, and the woman in her tale is in control of the knight.

Similarly, it is asked, how does Chaucer use satire in The Wife of Bath's Tale?

Chaucer uses irony and satire to challenge the church's oppression of women by allowing the Wife of Bath to speak freely about sex, marriage and women's desires. Chaucer develops her character, gap-toothed, earthy old hag, who is honest, witty and funny.

What type of character is the wife of Bath?

In The Canterbury Tales, written in the late 1300s by Geoffrey Chaucer and published after his death in the 1400s, the Wife of Bath is a seamstress and professional wife who has been married five times. She is a strong woman who has found that she can use her body to control her husband, whom she likens to slaves.

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