The General Prologue - The Summoner Footnotes In this final description of the Pardoner, the narrator seems to move away from his bitting criticism of the Pardoner's hypocrisy to praise his preaching methods.
Words, illustrations, and thoughts from urban youth. Sunday, October 26, Compare and contrast the two female pilgrims Today, iam going to compare and contrast the two femal pilgrims in the Canterbury Tale.
They are The Wife of Bath and the other one is Prioress. They are the 2 only women, but have a lot of things in difference. The Wife of Bath represents the "liberal" extreme in regards to female stereotypes of the Middle Ages. Unlike most women being anonymous during the Middle Ages, she has a mind of her own and voices herself.
Furthermore, she thinks extremely highly of herself and enjoys showing off her Sunday clothes whenever the opportunity arises. She intimidates men and women alike due to the power she possesses. Because of her obnoxious attitude Chaucer makes her toothless, fat and large and no wonder she is very ugly.
The Prioress, on the other hand, serves as a foil to the Wife of Bath. Chaucer describes her as "tender-hearted" who cannot bear the sight of pain or physical suffering. She will cry at the thought of a dog dying. It could represent that she has a frail soul with low tolerance for pain and suffering.
The Prioress's superiority over the Wife of Bath is shown again in the presence of education. The Wife of Bath has travelled a great deal and seems knowledgeable about things of the world. She brings up many a valid point throughout the prologue but Chaucer voids her opinion because of her social class and looks when in truth she is actually wise.
The Wife of Bath has understanding for the world and knows very well what's going on. However, during the Middle Ages, only scholarly or academic knowledge is recognized. What the Wife of Bath understands and pursues may not be commendable.
On the contrary, the Prioress is considered "scholastic" and high class due to her good manners. Her ability to speak the noble language of French puts her character in a higher class as well. Thus, once again the Prioress is considered intelligent.
Basically, the Wife of Bath is kind of a foil to the women during the Middle Ages. Her actions and thinking not only differ from the Prioress but almost from everyone else!
The Wife of Bath is radical especially when it comes to relationship with men. She is characterized as knowing much about love, which is illustrated by her physical defect-being gap-toothed symbolizing "sexual accomplishment.
Her husbands fell into two categories. The first categories of husbands were rich but also old and unable to fulfil her "sexual" demands.
The other husbands were sexually vigorous, but harder to control. But Prioress, on the other hand is well mannered, educated, "powerful" and above all, is loving.
Second, is the issue of marriage and "sexual demand" which will never have its roots in the Prioress's life as she has taken the vow of chastity.
The Prioress is pure in heart and thinks of men and women alike. The Wife of Bath and the Prioress alike have power over men once again this characterisation would scare men. It is rare that women are given such high stature during the medieval period.
The Prioress as her name suggests is "a superior being in a monastic community for women" is so important that three priests were in her company; as this shows her status as the boss, this dominance would be very fearful for men of the time. The hag, whom the Wife of Bath identifies with, initially was granted sovereignty and power over man.
This is proven when the hag offers her husband the choice: He tells her to choose; he grants her the sovereignty.Oct 27, · The Knight's tale vs. The Wife of Bath In the Canterbury tales, the knight tells a tale talking about two prisoners falling in love with the same women, while in the "The Wife of Bath" tale, a man goes in search of what women desire the most.
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