Chaucer uses irony and satire to challenge the church's oppression of women by allowing the wife of bath to speak freely about sex, marriage and women's desires chaucer develops her character, gap-toothed, earthy old hag, who is honest, witty and funny. The wife of bath's tale, the pardoner's tale, and the nun priest's tale are the three while each one is different, each uses irony to teach its characters a lesson the wife of bath's tale does not have as much irony in it as the other two tales do. The wife of bath also shows irony in her actions by her need for control over others, especially her husbands ˜so help me god, i have to laugh outright / remembering how i made them work at night.
Is garrulous but honest a fair description of the wife of bath in her prologue or do you think that chaucer shows her revealing more than she intends. The wife of bath opens her tale by telling of one of king arthur's knights, whom the wife of bath describes as a lusty bacheler, rapes a young girl: by verray force, he rafte hire. The wife of bath she is a seamstress by occupation, she seems to be a professional wife she has been married five times and had many other affairs in her youth, making her well practiced in the art of love.
From the wife of bath's description of her fourth husband through the end of her prologue fragment 3, lines 452-856 the wife of bath begins her description of her two bad husbands her fourth husband, whom she married when still young, was a reveler, and he had a paramour, or. The irony of the wife of bath in the late 14 th century when chaucer was writing the canterbury tales , there was a great surge of antifeminist writings women were thought to be wicked, unchaste and essentially inferior to men who were generally regarded as more holy and just. Themes themes are the fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a literary work the pervasiveness of courtly love the phrase courtly love refers to a set of ideas about love that was enormously influential on the literature and culture of the middle ages. Verbal irony is when what a character says is the opposite of its meaning for example, when the wife of bath says that each of her five husbands was happy to follow her rules and be nagged by her. The wife's claim is that women may go saufly up and doun without fear of being accosted by a supernatural being and forced to have a demon baby however, the irony is that women still have to worry about the 'dishonor' friars getting upon them, which probably refers to sexual assault.
Irony in the wife of bath s tale read the prologue the wife of bath and answer the questions supporting them with the texts1-choose two biblical examples from the text in the prologue and examine how the wife has used / interpreted / challenged these extracts from the bible. One of the delights of the the wife of bath's prologue and tale text is to recognise the ironies of situation for example: for example: a woman who makes a career of enriching herself through marriage, tells a tale in which a man has to agree with an old woman's argument for the moral benefits of poverty. In the wife of bath's tale, chaucer employs irony through the character of the knight generally, in midieval times, knights were admired for their gentlemanly, chivalrous and courtly demeanors and were thought of as well-mannered and gallant.
For definitions of satire and irony, the rhetorical strategies chaucer uses with great skill in his profile of the wife of bath, visit the glossary of poetic terms site available through the edsitement-reviewed academy of american poets. The wife of bath is irritated by the fact that her husband believes he can do whatever he wishes however, this is an unfair double-standard why does he believe he can do anything he wishes but she will be judged if she were to do the same. Chaucer uses satire throughout the wife of bath's tale, but his reason for using it is highly controversial some believe that he was trying to be misogynistic and that all of the satire is an.
See in text (the tale of the wife of bath) remember that this is a female character constructed by a male author the testimony of what we women generally think and do is still coming from a male perspective, as will the answer that the knight in the story finds to his question of what pleases women most. Line 93 (symbolism): the old wife symbolizes female dominance and sovreignty by trusting that the old woman has the answer he needs, the knight entrusts his fate in her hands thereby giving her control over his life to some extent. Irony dramatic irony is shown in the tale when the wife of bath talks about what women really want through the whole prologue, but the knight in her tale doesn't find out until the very end situational irony is also prevalent because the wife of bath talks about how she is searching for her sixth husband, but also wants to be in control.