That Knight is One Lucky Duck: The Wife of Bath Essay

No Works Cited
Length: 1053 words (3 double-spaced pages)
Rating: Yellow      
Open Document

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

One of the Canterbury Tales written by Geoffrey Chaucer is a tale told by the Wife of Bath about a knight. In the story, the knight is in trouble for raping a woman. The punishment for such a crime in that time was death. The knight is in front of the king and queen, expecting to be condemned to death. Something truly weird happens. The queen decides that since the knight is such a handsome man, he should be spared. That’s just unfair. Sadly, though, I can think of some modern instances of people being treated unfairly on account of their physical appearance. Anyway, this knight dude must have been a major hunk to avert such punishment with nothing but his looks in his defense. The queen gives him one year to find the answer to a question. Of course, when I read that, I thought, “Oh, wow. He’s getting off really easily. A year is more than enough time to find the answer to any question that I would be able to ask. This queen is dumb.” The next few words changed my mind. The knight was to find the one thing that all women desire. Then, I started something along these lines. “Ok, lady. Humankind has been in existence for hundreds of thousands of years, if not millions, and no man has ever come close to finding the answer to that question. How is this dumb knight going to find it in a year? Have you lost your marbles?” I guess I was wrong, because sure enough, a year later, the knight found the answer. He met an old woman. He asked her and she told him the answer. The knight told the queen that answer, and he was set free. Hurray! I’m sure that he was just about to ride off into the sunset and go do some knightly stuff, but the old woman kind of ruined that for him. The knight remembered that he owed the ol...

... middle of paper ...

...nto a total babe.

The moral of this story is you can’t trust the system, man. The knight went against what was common for men to do in that era, and he was greatly rewarded. Patriarchy is just a silly result of the misconception that men are better than women. Chaucer intended to disprove that misconception and dampen the effects of the strict patriarchy in England. I love the way he uses satire and his obvious understanding of the way young men’s minds work to convince men to treat women as equals. I’m starting to sound a bit like a feminist. Yikes! I agree with Chaucer that men and women should treat each other as equals, but some feminist are truly crazy and irrational! Chaucer is a very smart man, as shown by the way he structured this story. I believe that it was probably very effective for changing the way men treated women. It’s a very nice story.

Click the button above to view the complete essay, speech, term paper, or research paper

Need Writing Help?

Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.

Check your paper »

This essay is 100% guaranteed.

Title Length Color Rating  
Essay A Psychologically Framed Expoloration of Human Nature: The Wild Duck - The Wild Duck one of Ibsen’s later plays not only shows his great talent for mimesis writing with a social depth and distinguished realism, it offers a psychological framed exploration into human nature. The first scene focuses on social space both in terms of class and family. The Wild Duck offers an illusion or picture of reality. We can analyze and discuss many patterns of actions in the play as a whole. In Act II a pattern of actions that caught my attention was the constant effort on behalf of Greger, to free Hjalmar from the illusion that his family is perfect....   [tags: Wild Duck, Ibsen, plays, psychology, social, ] 2530 words
(7.2 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Death and Duck Season Essay - Death and Duck Season In the short story "Duck Season," T. Alan Broughton introduces an everyday family from upstate New York, during the windy, fall season. The protagonist, Gracie, is dying of cancer, while her husband and children live in denial and try their best to carry on with their lives. Broughton uses the repeated structural device of flashback to depict a vivid image from the eyes of a lonely, bed-ridden Gracie. In looking at this story from a structural criticism, it can be broken down into seven parts that reinforce the theme: Cherish the time with a loved one because it can end in an untimely manner....   [tags: Broughton Duck Season Essays]
:: 1 Works Cited
915 words
(2.6 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Essay on Value of Color and Light in Henrik Ibsen's Wild Duck - The Value of Color and Light in Henrik Ibsen's Wild Duck   In the Wild Duck, Henrik Ibsen begins his play by emphasizing the value of color and light. He uses the theme of light to contrast Old Werle, a stingy rich man, with Old Ekdal, a poor helpless man. Ibsen connects the color green with the loss of eyesight of Old Werle. A possible affair between Old Werle and Gina, Hedvig's mother, may suggest the cause of Hedvig's loss of sight. By using sun and moon, Ibsen establishes the atmosphere of the scene....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen Wild Duck Essays] 1445 words
(4.1 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
The Wife of Bath Essay - Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales is the story of a large group of men and women going to Jerusalem on a pilgrimage. Each of the travellers introduces themselves and tells an interesting tale during their journey. One of the travellers, the Wife of Bath shares her views on social relationships between men and women. The fourteenth century is viewed as having a patriarchal dominated society. However, the Wife of Bath, Alisoun, is a strong believer in female maistrie, control in the marriage....   [tags: The Wife of Bath Essays] 1316 words
(3.8 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
The Wife of Bath Essay - The Wife of Bath One of the most interesting and widely interpreted characters in The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer is the Wife of Bath. She has had five different husbands and openly admits to marrying the majority of them for their money. The wife appears to be more outspoken and independent than most women of medieval times, and has therefore been thought to symbolize the cause of feminism; some even refer to her as the first actual feminist character in literature. Readers and scholars probably argue in favor of this idea because in The Canterbury Tales, she uniquely gives her own insight and opinions on how relations between men and women should be carried out....   [tags: The Wife of Bath Essays] 956 words
(2.7 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
The Wife of Bath Essay - In The Canterbury Tales, the Wife of Bath gives an in-depth look on her life and understanding on the world as she perceives it. During her Prologue, we learn that what she calls experience stems from her first three marriages, but during her last two there is a shift in power. The Wife of Bath demonstrates her understanding and power throughout her first three marriages both physically and emotionally and the contrast of her lack of control in her last two, thus revealing the true meaning behind what she believes is experience during these marriages....   [tags: The Wife of Bath Essays] 2256 words
(6.4 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Illusions and Realities in Ibsen’s Plays The Wild Duck and Ghosts Essay - Illusions and Realities in Ibsen’s Plays The Wild Duck and Ghosts In Ibsen’s The Wild Duck, illusions and reality are set into a conflict within the story of a son’s personal desire to confront idealism. Throughout much of the play, the son, Greger, argues the value of truth with the reluctant Dr. Relling. Relling insists on the importance of illusions, but fails to discourage Greger’s intentions and a play that begins as a comedy quickly turns into a tragedy because of these conflicts....   [tags: Ibsen Wild Duck Essays] 820 words
(2.3 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
Essay on Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis and The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood - Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis and The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood The adolescent years are often associated with turbulence, illusion, and self-discovery; however, Kingsley Amis’s Lucky Jim and Margaret Atwood’s The Edible Woman demonstrate that more often than not, the twenties possess these qualities to a greater extent than adolescence. The age period of the twenties often consists of relationships, employment and self issues and using the premise of these uncertain times, Amis and Atwood effectively satire various societal systems....   [tags: Lucky Jim Amis Edible Margaret Atwood Essays] 1591 words
(4.5 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
The Wife of Bath Essay - The institution of marriage has always been viewed as a lifetime bond which should never be broken. In addition, there are certain general vows that each party usually takes- to be faithful, obedient, and loving. For years, this verbal agreement was enough to keep even the toughest of marriages together for a long time. Enter the Wife of Bath, the polar opposite of the medieval woman. She was loud, brash, and deceitful- making her seem like the least likely person to get married. However, she ends up marrying five men....   [tags: The Wife of Bath Essays] 1309 words
(3.7 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Lucky Essay - Lucky When I was little, I used to dream about being the Governor of Hong Kong. I still remember the composition I wrote in my primary school, in which I conveyed my vision and even outlined the policies I planned to carry out once I became the leader of the government. After a few years, I realized that it was almost impossible for me to be the Governor of Hong Kong, because the position was in fact appointed by the British government. This was a piece of disheartening news. I tried to console myself by saying that at least I had aimed at entering politics....   [tags: Personal Narrative Writing]
:: 2 Works Cited
1718 words
(4.9 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]