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The Role of Marriage in "The Wife of Bath" in "The Canterbury Tales"

Summary: Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales" portrays a wide range of views about marriages in his era. In "The Wife of Bath," the woman character is unconventional, rejects the accepted role of women in marriage as meek and submissive. Instead, this woman manipulates her husband for her own gain.
Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales demonstrates a plethora of attitudes toward and perceptions of marriage, with some of these ideas being extremely conservative while others are wildly liberal, all concluding that the conflict between men and women is of divergent wills and natures. While several of these tales are rather comical, they do indeed give us a representation of the attitudes toward marriage at that time in history. The Nun's Priest's, Wife of Bath's, and The Franklin's Tales all have different aspects on the subject of marriage but when addressing the question of who has correctly identified the proper roles in marriage, it is undoubtedly The Wife of Bath, a tale that satirically and derisively demonstrates the wife's overall vie for mastery within the marriage by her manipulation of the husband's weaknesses of both the flesh and...

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