The Tale Of The Wife Of Baths, By Geoffrey Chaucer Essay

1003 Words Dec 12th, 2015 5 Pages
For a long time, women have been married off as trophy wives for men to parade around. What those men might not have known however is the advantageousness of their marriage for the women. While the women in these marriages were often considered less than human at times, their marriages helped advancement in rank. Also, if the wife was young, there was always the possibility to receive money upon the husband’s death. In The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, the women show strong femininity (or a lack of it) yet have an ability to think for themselves. In the instances of “The Millers Tale” and “The Wife of Baths Tale”, women use marriage to their advantage, however the seemingly perfect wife has her flaws exposed, while the imperfect wife becomes the embodiment of an ideal woman.
In “The Millers Tale” the wife, Alison, is described as what seems to be physically perfect. “This young wife was lovely; her body was as graceful and slim as a weasels.” (Page 153) Not only that, but she is described as being talented and jovial. With her beautiful appearance the miller is supremely jealous and constantly on the watch, however, in his old age, he lacks the brainpower to see the signs of her wantonness and sexuality. The advantage of her marrying a wealthy, old miller is somewhat obvious, in that if he dies more than likely the money goes to her. Chaucer hints that she might have married him for that reason. “People should wed according to their condition, for youth and age are…

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