The Wife Of Bath, By Geoffrey Chaucer Essay

834 Words Dec 4th, 2015 4 Pages
A Happy Wife is a Happy Life. That saying has been around for years. If married men were polled on their thoughts on the topic, most would agree. Men have learned that keeping women happier has lead to a less stressful life for them. It seems a bit one-sided. What about the man’s happiness? Studies have found that wives more often initiate divorces than the husbands. One reason for this inconsistency is if the man is unsatisfied in the relationship but the wife is happy, she’s more likely to engage in sexual relations, support him emotionally, prepare meals and keep a clean house. The wife oblivious to her husband’s dissatisfaction In The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale, Geoffrey Chaucer’s most characters are women. However, the author is a man. Chaucer’s appears to have strong feelings on marriage in favor of relenting power to the woman. Through Alison, The Wife of Bath, the reader sees her idea of a happy marriage. She even considers herself an expert on marriage having been married five times. In the beginning of the tale, the Wife of Bath tells the story of a Knight who is nearly sentenced to death for rape of a woman who he took power over. Later in the same tale, she shows a model example of an ideal marriage between the King and his Queen, where the King consents to the Queen 's wish and gives her jurisdiction over the fate of the Knight 's. In the Wife of Bath’s Tale, author Geoffrey Chaucer suggests that yielding power to women is essential for success and…

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