In "The Wife of Bath's Tale," does the knight really change at the end of the tale, or does he simply learn how to supply her with the correct answer?

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The Knight certainly gets the best deal by the end of “The Wife of Bath’s Tale,” as he keeps his life and gains a beautiful and faithful wife in the process—what some may call an injustice after committing a rape at the beginning of the tale. He does this through learning what women truly want—sovereignty, or mastery over their husbands—and by giving it to his foul-smelling, ugly hag of a wife, who transforms herself upon receipt of the gift. Throughout the story, the knight is genuinely surprised at his luck, genuinely distressed at his forced marriage, and genuinely giving up when he hands over the choice to his hag of a wife.

This is, of course, up to the interpretation of the text, but I believe any distrust on the knight’s part is the result a modern distrust of narrators and primary characters, developed in the 20th century, and not a common literary trope in Chaucer’s time. In fact, Chaucer is quite clear which of the travelers are swindlers and liars, and...

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