October 31, 2005
Contrast and Comparison
The Knight and the Wife of Bath
In the Canterbury Tales written by Geoffrey Chaucer, the Knight and the Wife of Bath are similar and also different. The Knight represents the nobility and military estate while the Wife of Bath represents the middle status. Both the Knight and the Wife of Bath are fearless. The Knight was a fearless worthy man who fought in the crusades while the Wife of Bath was fearless about her opinions on love, she was outspoken.
The Knight and the Wife of Bath were similar in many ways. They both were best in their talents. The Knight was best knight in all nations in Prussia, "Aboven alle nacions in Pruce"(line 53). The Wife of Bath was the best housewife around, "In al the parisshe wif ne was ther noon"(line 449). The Knight and the Wife of Bath were both skilled. The Knight was skilled in defeating his enemies, "In lystes thries, and ay slayn his foo"(line 63). The Wife of Bath was a talented cloth-maker, "Of clooth-making she hadde swich an haunt"(line 447).
The Knight and the Wife of Bath were well-mannered individuals. The Knight was never rude to anyone "He nevere yet no vileynye ne sayde"(line 70). The Wife of Bath was a respectable individual, "She was a worthy womman al hir lyve"(line 459). The Knight and the Wife of Bath were both worthy individuals, "A Knyght ther was, and that a worthy man" (line 43).
Both the Knight and the Wife of Bath have been to many different places. In Lithuania, the Knight ridden on raids in Russia, "In Lettow hadde he reysed and in Ruce"'(line54), "At Alisaundre he was when it was wonne"(line 51), "In Grenade at the seege eek hadde he be"(line 56), "Of Algezir, and riden in Belmarye"(line 57), "At Lyeys was he and at Satalye"(line 58), "Whan they were wonne , and riden in the Grete See"(line 57), "And foughten for oure feith at Tramyssene"(line 62). The Wife of Bath journeyed three times to...