The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

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What opinions does the Wife of Bath express in her part of The Canterbury Tales?

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Three of the Wife of Bath's most notable opinions expressed in her tale are that women desire dominance, or power, over men; that men perceive women as hags when women have independence of thought and exert their opinions; and that the way to relieve the perception of women as hags is to give women autonomy of decision, which goes full circle back to the Wife's idea that women desire dominance over men.

The knight, a criminal rapist who thinks only of--and acts only on--dominance over women, is about to be sentenced to a beheading by King Arthur for having exerted his dominance when the Queen intervenes with a plea for a plan of merciful redemption for the knight. King Arthur yields and...

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