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In the 14th century men were usually in control of their wives a womans role in Europe during the Medieval Era was very limited In a relationship the man was the dominant person he made all decisions while the wife would not have a say in any matter However in the The Wife of Baths Tale Alison The Wife of Bath is unlike typical women during this time period The Wife of Bath is a feminist in The Canterbury Tales who is ahead of her time Geoffrey Chaucer portrays the Wife of Bath as the dominant partner in her relationships she mainly uses bribery to achieve what she desires from her husbands and other men The Wife of Bath believes she is able to get whatever she wants and has total control over her partner by using this technique The way The Wife of Bath behaves in the tale is shameful for a woman of this time periodThe Wife of Baths Tale begins with Alison telling everyone who is listening to not be offended by her irregular feminine ways in her stories But still I hope the company wont reprove me though I should speak as fantasy may move me and please dont be offended at my views theyre really only offered to amuse Chaucer 263 Alison is aware that she is a feminist who is competent in being the dominant partner in her relationships She does not want anyone to be caught off guard by her rare behavior so she forewarns her listeners The quote said by Alison appears obnoxious it is apparent that Alison knows that she is a feminist It seems as though she is telling these stories because she wants to brag about her advantage in society that most women do not haveThe Wife of Bath got away with more than many women could have in this medieval era Men apologizing
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