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Wife of Bath By BallBall E-mail ballballwritemecom The Wife of Bath Dame Alice is quite a spiteful woman even though she desires only a few simple things in life power and control Through her prologue and tale she makes mirror images of herself which reflects the person who she really is Dame Alice 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 dominant the one who has the last to say the one who has control over all things in the relationship This can be first seen in her prologue Ill have a husband yet who shall be both my debtor and my slave and bear his tribulation to the grave upon his flesh as long as Im his wife For mine shall be the power all his life over his proper body and not he55-59 It is then shown again in her tale when knight returns the castle and fulfills the task assigned by the queen a woman wants the self-same sovereignty over her husband as over her lover and maste r him he must not be above her 174-176 Yet another example of Dame Alices wish to be dominant is presented later in the tale told by her The old hag after marrying the knight gives him a choice It was either to have her old and ugly but faithful or young and pretty but wonder off You have two choices which one will you try To have me old and ugly till I die but still loyal true and humble wife that will never displease you all her life or would you rather I were young and pretty and chance your arm what happens in the city where friends will visit you because of me yes and on other places too maybe309-316 By comparing the
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