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Chaucer's the Prologue : Outline the characters of the five husbands; how has she responded to each?

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Introduction

Outline the characters of the five husbands; how has she responded to each? The Wife of Bath claims that three of her husbands were good and two of them were bad. The three that were good men were rich and old and they were not able to satisfy her in bed. She finds it amusing when she remembers how she tired them out (lines 201-202) "I laughe whan I thynke how pitously a nyght I made hem swynke" They gave her all their wealth and so she felt that she no longer had a need to be diligent with the (205) "me neded nat do longer diligence" She made them work so hard for her on many nights that she heard them crying "weilawey" (216) ...read more.

Middle

Her fourth husband was adulterous (454) "he hadde a paramour", meaning he kept a mistress. He was also (457) "stibourn and strong". The Wife of Bath was angry and especially jealous over the fact that he had sexual relations with other women probably because it hurt her self-esteem. (481) "I saye, I hadde in herte greet despit. That he of any oother had delit". Subsequently The Wife of Bath made him stew in his own juices as she gave him a taste of his own medicine, "That in his own grece I made him frie". She also comments that she was his suffering on earth (489) "By God! ...read more.

Conclusion

"moost shrew"to her as he used to beat her and she states that she shall bear the scars (507) "evere... unto myn ending day". Yet she also describes him as being quite lively in bed, which means she was satisfied with him in that part of their relationship. She also mentioned that although he beat her (512) "he koude winne again my love". She explains this by saying that women have a fantasy about wanting things, which they cannot have, and this makes them crave it. (518) "thereafter wol we crie al day and crave, forbade is thing, and that desiren we" We learn that he used to be a clerk at Oxford and that The Wife of Bath married him for love not because of the money aspect. (Shown in line 526) The Wife of Bath -Husbands analysis By Mariam Sheikh 12T4 ...read more.

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