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What does the Wife of Bath really want in The Canterbury Tales?

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hanhphuc | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 11, 2010 at 10:38 AM via web

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What does the Wife of Bath really want in The Canterbury Tales?

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M.P. Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 11, 2010 at 8:03 PM (Answer #2)

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In her story, the Wife of Bath tells of a knight that has to find the correct answer to the question: What do women really want?

After a lot of wondering and looking for the correct answer, the knight finally answers the question: Women want to be in charge of their husbands.

The Wife of Bath, having been married a number of times, mentions in different occasions the joys of marriage, and it all comes down to sex, money, and love.

If we combine her tale with the story of her life, we can conclude that she wants the comforts and joys of marriage down to the basic elements of money, sex, and passion. She is fond of all three equally and she even encourages other women to marry for similar reasons.

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