See also, Geoffrey Chaucer Criticism. Bawdy, lusty, and strong willed, she refuses to allow men to control her existence and she takes measures to shape her own destiny. Although she is often viewed as an early precursor of feminist thought, some scholars argue that much of her Prologue can be viewed as anti-feminist rhetoric.
The approach that I take, is the view that this tale is advice for women to take. This tale teaches women that there are times one should be a feminist and times you should not. If a woman were not to have a feministic character anytime of her life, she would be overwhelmed by most men, of work or whatever the case may be.
Early in The Wife of Bath, there is a quotation said by the wife of bath supporting the idea that she is feministic. I will have command over his body during all his life, not he.
This quotation seems as if the Wife of Bath is leaning toward the feministic opinion.
The Wife of Bath has a choice of not giving in to the man, but she decides to let the man have pleasure for his desire not hers, because she has experienced sex before and she knows how much men enjoy it.
This quotation obviously goes against feministic beliefs, leaving an unanswered contradiction about the Wife of Bath. My view on The Wife of Bath is negative. I feel that this tale is very vulgar and contains too much involvement of sex. Besides the fact of the tales vulgarness the Wife of Bath was a well told story and the message was well received.
This story might seem hypocritical at first, but between the lines there is some helpful advice for many women in the world today.In her essay “The Wife of Bath and the Painting of Lions,” Carruthers describes the relationship that existed between love and economics for both medieval men and women.
Carruthers notes that it is the independence that the Wife’s wealth provides for her that allows her to love freely (Carruthers ). Chaucer portrays the Wife of Bath as a woman of faith through her religious actions and beliefs despite her human faults.
Chaucer states in the General Prologue that “not a dame dared stir/ [t]owards the altar steps in front of her,” meaning that no one stepped in front of her to receive communion (GP ll.
). The Wife of Bath tells this story to make the point that a marriage can only be happy if the wife dominates the husband. Since she has been married five times, she would seem to have a . With an old wife, a husband need never worry about her faithfulness: “You say I am old and fouler than a fen./You need not fear to be a cuckold, then.” c.
Accept any . The wife of Bath is a tough woman with a mind of her own and she is not afraid to speak it.
She intimidates men and woman alike due to the strength she possesses. But instead of showing this as a positive characteristic, Chaucer makes her toothless and ugly.
Compared to the Wife of Baths Tale the wife was more faithful and honest. The moral of the story was to be faithful and honest to one another and you will have a wonderful marriage.
So in conclusion, both tales " The Wife of Bath's Tale" and "Franklin's Tale" focused on the ideal of marriage in two different ways.