Religion In The Canterbury Tales Essay
He expresses these points through many characters in this book; the Wife of Bath is proud of who she is, even if she goes against religious laws, and is still very devoted to religion, the Pardoner, though he’s a fraud, manages to be a decent human being by being honest, while being homosexual, and three religious figures, the Monk, the Prioress, and the Friar, all sin or are not visibly that religious despite their positions as spiritual figures. The Wife of Bath has a commanding presence to her fellow pilgrims. She steers her own way through religion and remains herself as she does. A good example of her maintaining her personal identity is one of the key parts of her character; she has married and been with many men. This directly violates these two Christian morals: monogamy and chastity. The Wife of Bath justifies the many husbands and lovers that she’s had by simply saying that God commanded humans to reproduce. Why, then, is it negative for her to have sex with many men and potentially reproduce more as a result of it? She uses sex not only to please herself, but also to fulfill the commandment that God gave her (259). The Wife of Bath, personally, is very clearly not chaste. She enjoys and relishes in decadent amounts of sex.