Feminism In The Wife Of Bath Tale
Cecily Chaumpaigne introduced this theory. Many critics say that a woman has the desire to be raped because of her sexual dreams. Lousie O. Fradenburg writes about the rape in this way: the nameless knight commits the crime of rape and is sentenced to death. But instead of losing his life, he is rewarded with the “most loveable among women” – the ideal wife, who is both beautiful and faithful. At the end of the tale, his power and freedom are restored. But this transformation is accomplished through the knight’s submission. At the beginning of the tale, the knight is mortally ignorant of what women want. Rape not only shocks that interest, but represents a tyrannical assault on one of modern civilization's most cherished illusions, the so-called right to privacy. (Biedle) This is not the right and real representation of chivalric love and social rules in the Middle Ages. The sexual pleasure which the Wife feel seems to be a little masochistic. She is enjoys being beaten by her younger husband. At the end of the tale it figures out that the relationship based on equality and mutuality. In some sense, the Wife has a kind of privileges of maleness and she enjoys it.
One can argue that reading Chaucer’s ’The Wife of Bath’ in 21st century creates irony and sarcasm to the reader. The whole Canterbury Tales is a kind of human comedy. Her style of speaking does not merely personify or illustrate the traditional clerical view of