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Canterbury Tales - Wife of Bath- Chaucer portrays the Wife of Bath as if she is a hypocrite although beneath the words there is a great deal of wisdom involved The approach that I take is the view that this tale is advice for women to take This tale teaches women that there are times one should be a feminist and times you should not If a women would be a feminist all her life she probably wouldnt get anywhere in her life or with any man If a woman were not to have a feministic character anytime of her life she would be overwhelmed by most men of work or whatever the case may be Early in The Wife of Bath there is a quotation said by the wife of bath supporting the idea that she is feministic I dont deny that I will have my husband both my debtor and my slave and as long as I am his wife he shall suffer in the flesh I will have command over his body during all his life not he In other words she is saying that she will have total control over herself her husband and their household and very specifically not he This can be interpretated that her husband will not have the same privileges as her in the sense that he is like a slave and she will command over him This quotation seems as if the Wife of Bath is leaning toward the feministic opinion Nevertheless since I know your pleasure Ill satisfy your physical pleasure This was said by the Wife of Bath and supports the non-feministic view The reason this is considered non-feministic is because the woman is giving in to the mans desire which goes against
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