The Wife of Bath from the Canterbury Tales

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Powerful Women
What would you think of someone who has been married five times, and uses their body as a bargaining tool to get what they want from their husbands? Would you consider that to be trashy and of low morals or smart and powerful? Or would you compare them to the modern day celebrity? The Wife of Bath from “The Canterbury Tales” is an older woman who lived sometime in the middle ages, who loves to argue and be right. Elizabeth Taylor is a stunningly beautiful 1950’s actress who was the type of person that ”got around a lot” and was sexually scandalous. The Wife of Bath and Elizabeth Taylor relate to each other very closely. The Wife of Bath and Elizabeth Taylor are both women of high class and sophistication. They are also very experienced in the field of love. The Wife of Bath and Elizabeth Taylor were both considered to be very classy women from their time period. In “The Canterbury Tales”, The Wife of Bath is described to be someone of high fashion, wore expensive clothing, and was materialistic. “Her hose were of the finest scarlet red and gartered tight; her shoes were soft and new. Bold was her face, handsome, and red in hue. A worthy woman all her life” (Chaucer 466 – 469). Even though the Wife of Bath is not seen as being very attractive, the clothing she wore and her attitude towards people makes her seem like a woman of high class. In comparison, Elizabeth Taylor was famous and known for being astonishingly beautiful. “Early on, scouts were riveted by the astonishingly lovely child with violet eyes and a sultry, almost adult, beauty.” (Rosen). Taylor, being a famous actress, could afford to wear name brand clothing. Taylor was also very well mannered and the carried herself with high class. Furthermore, the Wife of Bath is known to be the “experienced” expert on love and sex. During her prologue, she insists on arguing with the pardoner and proves her point until she wins. She “knew the remedies for love’s mischances, an art in which she...
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