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3 The Wife of Bath Essay Hello everyone thank you for attending this rally for women I am the Wife of Bath I am very honored to have been chosen to speak at this much needed rally In todays rally my main points will be how women are not treated equally and should have autonomy over men Many men take women for granted Like in my Canterbury Tale when the woman was taken advantage of by the Knight while he rode home from the river She is one of the three women who taught him a lesson The Knight got what he deserved when the Queen ordered him to death for raping the woman in the woods The penalty for what he had done was death But I believe the way the Queen handled the situation was very fair She told him that in order to stay alive he had a year and one day to figure out simply what women wanted And that task alone scared him very much The Queen was the second out of the three influences on the Knight He had no idea how to go about finding out what a woman truly wanted or needed He received many answers such as wealth treasure honor jollity pleasure and gorgeous clothes Some even said fun in bed or even to be re married or widowed He tried to put them all together But he didnt know where he was going with it At the end of the Knights search he finally had to approach the Queen with his final answer He told her that women wanted the self-same sovereignty over her husband as over he lover and master him he must not be above her The third out of the three people that influenced him was his old wife She taught him that beauty lies on the inside as well as the out side She claimed she saved his life And
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