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Look again at the portrait of the wife of bath and the two extracts from her prologue. What do we learn about the wife of bath and her relationships with husbands? How does Chaucer convey this information?

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Look again at the portrait of the wife of bath and the two extracts from her prologue. What do we learn about the wife of bath and her relationships with husbands? How does Chaucer convey this information? The "Wife of Bath" is an extraordinary character who we learn about in a Prologue and two extracts. During a pilgrimage, she is made to tell her story but we learn much more about her than just her story. This essay will deal with the "Wife of Bath", her character and her relationships. It will also provide an insight into her character, relationships, ways of life etc. It will also analyze Chaucer's style of writing and how he displayed this information to the reader. The prologue allows the reader to have some knowledge on the wife of bath. It tells us many characteristics about the wife for example she revealed to be a religious person. Chaucer shows this in the Prologue when he says, " And three times she had been at Jerusalem" "She had been at Rome and Boulogne" All these places mentioned are known to be religious places in the world. ...read more.

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She proves it when she says "You should speak thus and put them in the wrong For no man can perjure himself and lie half as boldly as a women" Hear she also encouraged other women to lie to their husbands because she herself did so. The second extract talks about her last two husbands who the Wife of Bath refers as "bad". The fourth husband was the most hated by the Wife of Bath. He treated her very badly, and she uses words like "reveller" and "lecher" to describe him. She hated him the most, because he had other affairs unlike her previous husbands, she says, "he had a paramour". She is also concerned about her age and how her age affected her beauty; she believes this to be the reason why he did not love her. "But age, alas that poisons everything," "has robbed me of my beauty and pith". In return, she used to have affairs just to make him jealous she proves it when she says "But indeed my manner with other men was such, That I made him fry in his own grease". ...read more.

Conclusion

One other thing he proved was that love is much more important than money. Although the Wife of Bath collects lots of money from her relationships. In the end, she never got the most important thing in this world, which is love. One other thing the Wife of Bath told the reader was that women are good liars and they should lie and take advantage of it, the Wife of Bath tried to encourage women to lie. Which was what she did with her first three husbands, according to her it worked to lie so she suggested to other women. Chaucer was trying to put a message into the reader's mind and that was women have this habit to achieve something which is very difficult to get, they always try to get whatever they cannot get. In this case, the wife of bath tried to win the love of her fifth husband, which she could not succeed in. I think that Chaucer wrote this piece of writing to tell people women's role in the Medieval times and how women were treated and how cunning women can be as well. ...read more.

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