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he Canterbury Tales - Wife of Bath The Wife of Bath is a very envious women who desires only a few simple things in life She likes to make mirror images of herself through her stories which in some way reflects the person who she really is This is all proven through the many ways she portrays her characters The Wife of Bath desires the obvious in life but what she most desires above all is being more powerful than her man her spouse and her lover In a relationship she wishes to be the dominant of the two The one who has the last say The one who is in control and decides all of the matters in the relationship This is shown in her tale when the knight fulfills his task to hera women wants the self-same sovereignty over her husband and her lover And master him he must not be above her This is your greatest wish In the court not one that shook her head or contradicted what the knight had said lines 164-170 The knight had spoken and fulfilled his quest he found what women what the best No women in the assembly disagreed with the knights reply and certainly not the old hag So it must be true power is what women what the most There is another example of the desire of power for the women it the relationship The old hag after marrying the knight gives him a choice For her to either stay ugly and be faithful or to become beautiful and wonder My lady my love my dearest wife I leave the matter to your wise decision You make the choice yourself for the provision I dont care which whatever pleases you suffices me Have I won the mastery she said Since I am to choose and rule as I think fit Certainly wife thats it lines 310-318 Consequently the hag became beautiful
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