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5. “He rolled about and turned him to and fro.His old wife lay there, always smiling so.” This can be seen as imagery of the situation that the two people find themselves in. After their marriage, they are sent to bed and the difference between the two reactions are polar.
The wife is happy and in love with her new husband, but Arthur is shown to be completely distraught by the outcome of that day. This imagery functions to offer the reader an opportunity to imagine the physical situation. Themes Feminism: Feminism is a large factor throughout the poem. Chaucer reveals examples of good and bad deeds bestowed on the women of the poem and different aspect of feminist views. The author suggests that it is human nature for women to act as objects for mans pleasure. "The Wife of Bath's Tale" begins by reflecting on threats of rape of women in regions forest. The knight saw a beautiful woman and forced her to have intercourse with him despite her cries. This was the first reference of misogyny of women in this time. Although "The Wife of Bath's Tale" begins with the sexual assault of a woman and continues to show moments in which women fold to the desires of men. The Instead of dying for his crime, the great queen of the kingdom offers him an escape. She gives him the task to seek what women want most. This being a much better alternative than death. The quest to seek what women want most was created to teach readers that women should be treated with kindness and should be given equal opportunities to make decisions. The poem by Geoffrey Chaucer appeared to be pro feminism but as his work develops more questions grew. The readers begin to be uncertain of these feminist views when the old woman gives back the power to her husband. She became beautiful to satisfy him and his wishes for a beautiful and kind wife. This was ironic for the story began with the knight’s misdeed of raping a woman because of her beauty. While his wife had the upper hand and had seemed to teach the knight a lesson that beauty is not found solely by appearance, she gave up her beliefs to make him happy. This gave the poem an anti feminist side to its plot. Power: Another key theme in Chaucer's poem is the influence and importance of power. The author reveals that is is humans nature to feel comforted and kind when given power, and defeated when said power it taken. Dominance and control allows those feel important and able. Losing one's power of them is shown as an act of cruelty through Chaucer's writing. Power is displayed in several points of the writing. In the beginning, the knight deprives a maiden of power over her own body when he takes her and rapes her because he finds her beautiful. The women cries and is broken when her power is taken away. As his punishment, the knight must find out what women most desire, which evidently, turns out to be power. It is revealed that when power is taken away from an individual, this person will lose all happiness and is willing to give up much to retrieve what

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