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Canterbury Tales Essay It is said that everyone has a twin or a double in this world or someone who is the same as another in looks ideas beliefs or characteristics By the same token- if this is true- does everyone also have an opposite in this world or someone who is opposite in these qualities It seems as though the Wife of Bath from The Canterbury Tales proves the latter situation to be true Her opposite would be Tess DUrberville from Tess of the DUrbervilles These two women are almost directly opposite in their appearance as well as their beliefs and behavior Tess DUrberville was a young woman who had a youthful and fresh beauty Tess had an angelic look and a delicate face which made her seem innocent She was a simple country girl with no pretensions The Wife of Bath on the other hand was a beauty that to some extent deteriorated with age She had a bold face and gap-teeth which marked her beauty but also made her seem promiscuous Their appearance is different because the Wife of Bath is a very flashy lady She was concerned about her clothes and the way she looked to other people especially men Her kerchiefs were of fine cloth her hose were of the finest scarlet red and her shoes were new Tess however didnt pay much attention to her clothes In fact she wanted to avoid men looking at her all together so she wore old clothes covered half her face with a kerchief and mercilessly nipped her eyebrows of Another way these two women are opposites are in their beliefs The Wife of Bath is an independent woman She is able to survive on her own because she believes she is strong enough and doesnt need a man to stay alive She thinks men are just for certain purposes Because of this she doesnt have very strong family values The Wife
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