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The Wife of Bath in my opinion is one of Chaucers wisest characters I am somewhat surprised that he made up such a character as he was writing these tales in the early fourteenth century She took what she did have which was wit and wisdom and used it to her advantage Although she was assumed to be an ugly old woman she had five husbands all of whom she had mastered only to have them die She personifies the character that women of her era secretly aspired to however because of the restrictions imposed upon them by society they could not be the Wife of Bath She is obviously a very strong woman and knows what she wants Experience though no authority were in this world were good enough for me To speak of woe that is in all marriageChaucer 103 as she states in the introduction to her tale She is a self professed authority on the etiquette of marriage Her extensive knowledge and education on matters of the heart have been acquired through experience and through the conventional means of learning Through her tale she explains herself in a sense She speaks of a wise but ugly old woman A handsome young knight happens upon the old woman She asks him what he is seeking The young knight explains to her that he as punishment was sent on a quest to discover what women desire most The old womans answer is a simple but costly one In exchange for her assistance the old woman demands that he oblige her one request The knight hastily agrees that he will allow her the request Thus she has taken her wisdom and used it to her advantage much like the Wife of Bath The tale is filled with similarities between the Wife of Bath and the old woman The reason why the Wife of Bath tells this tale
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