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To manipulate is defined by Websters dictionary as to cause by clever maneuvering to act as one wishes In a class structured society such as the one during the times of the Canterbury Tales did the ability to manipulate open doors to those seeking greater power and recognition In the case of the Knight and the Wife of Bath in Chaucers The Canterbury Tales manipulation was the key to opening the doors of their success These two characters the Knight and the Wife of Bath share differences and similarities in their characters however they demonstrate their ability use their perfected traits to manipulate others and achieving their desires One of the most obvious differences between the two is gender It is a is a boundary which determines the degree of success that each is able to achieve The views of gender during the era in which The Canterbury Tales takes place distinguishes men as superior to women Therefore being a woman restrained the Wife of Bath from succeeding and blossoming to her full potential Even if she did achieve success she would never be as widely respected as the Knight The Knight however being a male possesses endless possibilities Personality difference is another factor which set these two apart The Knight though intimidating he does not enjoy conflict He displays his dislike for tension at the end of the Pardoners tale when he breaks in and attempts to stop bickering between the Host and the Pardoner ordering them to kiss and make up Chaucer295 This shows his aversion to conflict or unhappiness of any sort The Wife of Bath demonstrates the exact opposite She thrives on the presence of negative energy Because of her bold face and five previous marriages she has learned to feed off of negativity and convert it to pleasure In carrying out their forceful task of manipulation the two are again set apart in motive The Knight uses manipulation to
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