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Since the beginning of time women have fought against the oppression and prejudices facing them Geoffrey Chaucer is one who berates the status and tendencies of women consistently reinforcing the judgment that females are the root of all evil Chaucer uses his work The Canterbury Tales to criticize the female persona The Wife of Baths Tale is a prime example of Chaucers predilection on the status and standing of women in society during his time I would no longer stay in the bed if I felt my husbands arm over my side until he paid his ransom to me then I would allow him to do his bit of business Therefore I tell this moral to everyone- profit whoever may for all is for sale you cannot lure a hawk with an empty hand for profit I would endure all his lust and pretend to have an appetite myself 201 It is incredibly inaccurate to say that this tale is empowering to women How can it be empowering when the female protagonist is basically preaching to other women that it is okay to act like a harlot as long as it is for your benefit Critics can make the claim that The Wife of Bath comes across as an independent women but it is only through her shallow pompous nature that she obtains this status as seemingly independent Chaucer uses this attitude to diminish The Wife of Bath as well as women as a whole in the readers eyes The Wife of Bath encourages the reader also all women to do things only for ones own good even in a relationship as sanctimonious as marriage The Wife of Bath does not attempt to establish herself as an equal but instead sends the message that it is okay for women to use means such as their own bodies to attain what they want The Wife of Bath is a sex-crazed immoral destructive person uniting many
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