She is also a woman of faith who has made many pilgrimages, which is also worthy of mention, but has a strong personality as well—witty and First, in both tales the power of the women in each story is stressed. She is also a woman of faith who has made many pilgrimages, which is also worthy of mention, but has a strong personality as well—witty and funny, she offers "comic relief" to the rest of the pilgrims.
Synopsis[ edit ] There was a knight in King Arthur 's time who raped a fair young maiden. King Arthur issues a decree that the knight must be brought to justice.
When the knight is captured, he is condemned to death, but Queen Guinevere intercedes on his behalf and asks the King to allow her to pass judgment upon him. The Queen tells the knight that he will be spared his life if he can discover for her what it is that women most desire, and allots him a year and a day in which to roam wherever he pleases and return with an answer.
Everywhere the knight goes he explains his predicament to the women he meets and asks their opinion, but "No two of those he questioned answered the same. When at last the time comes for him to return to the Court, he still lacks the answer he so desperately needs. Outside a castle in the woods, he sees twenty-four maidens dancing and singing, but when he approaches they disappear as if by magic, and all that is left is an old woman.
The Knight explains the problem to the old woman, who is wise and may know the answer, and she forces him to promise to grant any favour she might ask of him in return. With no other options left, the Knight agrees.
Arriving at the court, he gives the answer that women most desire sovereignty over their husbands, which is unanimously agreed to be true by the women of the court who, accordingly, free the Knight. The old woman then explains to the court the deal she has struck with the Knight, and publicly requests his hand in marriage.
Although aghast, he realises he has no other choice and eventually agrees. On their wedding night the old woman is upset that he is repulsed by her in bed. She reminds him that her looks can be an asset—she will be a virtuous wife to him because no other men would desire her.
She asks him what he would prefer—an old ugly wife who is loyal, true and humble or a beautiful young woman about whom he would always have doubts concerning her faithfulness. The Knight responds by saying that the choice is hers, an answer which pleases her greatly.
Now that she has won power over him, she asks him to kiss her, promising both beauty and fidelity. The Knight turns to look at the old woman again, but now finds a young and lovely woman. They live happily into old age together.
In the beginning the wife expresses her views in which she believes the morals of women is not merely that they all solely desire "sovereignty", but that each individual woman should have the opportunity to make the decision. Well I know Abraham was a holy man, and Jacob as well, as far as I know, and each of them had more than two wives.
And many other holy men did as well. When have you seen that in any time great God forbade marriage explicitly? Tell me, I Pray you.
The tale confronts the double standard and the social belief in the inherent inferiority of women, and attempts to establish a defence of secular women's sovereignty that opposes the conventions available to her.
Feminist critique[ edit ] The Wife of Bath's Prologue simultaneously enumerates and critiques the long tradition of misogyny in ancient and medieval literature. As Cooper notes, the Wife of Bath's "materials are part of the vast medieval stock of antifeminism ",  giving St.
Jerome 's Adversus Jovinianumwhich was "written to refute the proposition put forward by one Jovinianus that virginity and marriage were of equal worth", as one of many examples. Further evidence of this can be found through her observation: Her decision to include God as a defence for her lustful appetites is significant, as it shows how well-read she is.
By the same token, her interpretations of Scripture, such as Paul on marriage are tailored to suit her own purposes. Her repeated acts of remarriage, for instance, are an example of how she mocks "clerical teaching concerning the remarriage of widows".
While she gleefully confesses to the many ways in which she falls short of conventional ideals for women, she also points out that it is men who constructed those ideals in the first place. Who painted the lion, tell me who?
By God, if women had written stories, As clerks have within their studies, They would have written of men more wickedness Than all the male sex could set right.
Through her nonconformity to the expectations of her role as a wife, the audience is shown what proper behaviour in marriage should be like. Carruthers' essay outlines the existence of deportment books, the purpose of which was to teach women how to be model wives.
Carruthers notes how the Wife's behaviour in the first of her marriages "is almost everything the deportment-book writers say it should not be. Moreover, deportment books taught women that "the husband deserves control of the wife because he controls the estate";  it is clear that the Wife is the one who controls certain aspects of her husband's behaviour in her various marriages.
Cooper also notes that behaviour in marriage is a theme that emerges in the Wife of Bath's Prologue; neither the Wife nor her husbands conform to any conventional ideals of marriage.
Cooper observes that the Wife's fifth husband, in particular, "cannot be taken as any principle of correct Christian marriage". This can perhaps be attributed to his young age and lack of experience in relationships, as he does change at the end, as does the Wife of Bath.The Knight's Tale and The Miller's Tale (both of which are in Group A of The Canterbury Tales) share only one meaningful similarity--they are both told by pilgrims on their way to Canterbury.
The. - Love in Knight's Tale and Wife of Bath's Tale The Canterbury Tales, written by Geoffrey Chaucer around , is a collection of tale told by pilgrims on a religious pilgrimage.
Two of these tales, "The Knight's Tale" and "The Wife of Bath's Tale", involve different kinds of . By the end of the tale, he gives up his power to his wife completely and graciously says, "I put me in your wise governance" ().
After this statement, we want to believe he's reformed, and can almost forgive him for what a jerk he's been in the course of the tale. The Knight. BACK; NEXT ; Character Analysis. The knight in "The Wife of Bath's Tale" doesn't make a very good first impression, and he's not a very good knight.
Knights are supposed to protect women; instead, he rapes one. A summary of The Knight’s Tale, Parts 1–2 in Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. Learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of The Canterbury Tales and what it means. Perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans.
A Comparison of Love in The Knight's Tale, Wife of Bath's Tale, and Franklin's Tale Words | 5 Pages Love in The Knight's Tale, Wife of Bath's Tale, and Franklin's Tale The Canterbury Tales, written by Geoffrey Chaucer around , is a collection of tales told by pilgrims on a religious pilgrimage.