Derek Ems-Chaucer Essay

Derek Ems-Chaucer Essay - Topic 4 The Wife of Bath and the...

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Ems Topic 4: The Wife of Bath and the Pardoner Derek Ems 2/25/2008 1
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Ems In Geoffrey Chaucer’s, The Canterbury Tales, an interesting assemblage of 29 pilgrims is led by a host on their way to visit the shrine of the martyr Saint Thomas Beckett . On their pilgrimage every character is supposed to tell two stories on their way to Canterbury and two on the way back . These characters and their stories are then used to convey what medieval England was like in a very satirical manner . Two such characters worthy of analysis are the Wife of Bath and the Pardoner . The Wife of Bath is a woman who amply voices her desires . She has been married a total of five times but has only loved one of the men that she has married . The primary purpose of her first three marriages was for monetary gains . She saw marriage more as an economic transaction rather than a binding contract of love . In order to obtain the estates of her husbands she had to develop some sort of authority over them . The primary means in which the Wife of Bath would develop this authority was through sex . She would tease her various husbands in bed until they promised that they would give her money . “Bothe of here nether purs and of here cheste .” (The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale Line: 44b) Here the Wife of Bath is comparing her husband’s “lower purse” with their money chest . It shows the 3
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This note was uploaded on 09/14/2008 for the course ENGLISH 101 taught by Professor Frandina during the Spring '08 term at Johns Hopkins.

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Derek Ems-Chaucer Essay - Topic 4 The Wife of Bath and the...

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