In Prologue to the Canterbury Tales we find out only two females characters, one is linked to religious world and other one is attached to secular world. The wife of Bath character in Canterbury Tales is one of the best characters of Chaucer who is representative of her class. The little wife of Bath has been taken from is not her husband name rather it is a place name in England so , it seems that the writer in ironical way says that she is wife of the whole Bath. So, we dare to say that she a call girl who gives entertainment to others , she is a whore and tooth gap is an indication of whore, the whores and prostitutions had a symbol in teeth gap and this was a custom of Chaucer’s time, this is not so surprising in all ages and eras prostitutions, whores and call girls had their that is called ( Jora hair style) special identity , in Islamic history these girls and ladies had a special hair style they made the and now a days they call girls especially in Thailand have especial identity they use tight jeans like that the wife of Bath reveals her identity in the shape of gap in teeth . Teeth in gap also symbolized in Chaucer’s life amorous, envious, unfaithful, irreverent, luxurious and dominating behaviour. In Chaucer’s time the the women had no basic rights, they had to keep in their households, they had lack of freedom, they were tread as sex tool, they bestowed child but neglected by their husbands, we can say that there was a male dominant society. And character of wife is revolt against that norms that had nourished in that era. However, church also considered her as a tool of temptation, the Bible story was suggested in churches and was to be admitted that this sec actually , the cause of the fall of man.
“When Adam delved and Eve span
Who was then the gentlemen” ?
Moreover, the lady of Knight was to be considered a goddess but in common houses she was treated as inferior animals by her husband but our wife of bath is not like that she is very much courage in herself. She has influence in her husband, she is not weak figure before male authority. She love freedom and cant live in the cage of marriage and church life, it seems that she does not live under any male that is why she has five husbands in church record and uncountable in her whole life.
The Wife of Bath Character in Canterbury Tales is very vivid and clear. It was a custom of medieval that every writer wrote about women and satirized on them and woman was to be considered the agent of devil, Chaucer also wrote about various type of women in his work but his characters were as real as they looked. Chaucer does not satirize on woman only but also he paints virtuous characters in his work like the characters of Virginia and Cecilia both are embodiment of all virtues.
Chaucer takes so many piece of work by the character of the Wife of Bath in in Canterbury Tales, those days England earned prosperity due to woolen cloth industry and exporting was going on the top, the traders were becoming prosperous and this all could be seen by the character of the wife of Bath when Chaucer elaborates that she wears costly clothes which made in various industries. The wife of Bath wears a scarf on Sunday prayer is not less then ten ponds in its weight, she uses red hoses that are fastened very tightly.
She is too beautiful except one default in her she is deaf but on the other hands she has red complexion face , broad face, heavy hips which makes her hot and sexual lady. Her manners of taking scarf here makes a keen satire on The prioress because she unveils her forehead while the wife of Bath never ever shows her forehead on Sunday prayer.
In Chaucer’s age the wealthy ladies never ever remained unmarried because the men got married to that women for the sake of of money that is why she fond very easily the husband or husbands.
She wants to be freedom and can not live under control males authority in her house she has totally control in her hands and never ever does blackmail by her husband, however she is boos in her marriage life and she is liberal character that is why she had visited so many places of the world and knows a lot of routes of voyage.
The Prioress Character Contrast With The Wife of Bath:-
The character of the Prioress is come to under harsh ironical way when we are told that the way of her charity is on animals more than humans being,she feeds to animals that is consist of very different kind of food,which the ordinary humans being of that era did not have.
“She had some little dogs, too, that she fed
On roasted flesh, or milk and fine white bread.
But sore she’d weep if one of them were dead,
Or if men smote it with a rod to smart:”
But contrary of it, an other character the “Wife of Bath” suggests that she is also contrast of this character the thing comes to close us that so much charity is done by ”Wife of Bath”, if anyone offered charity more than her then she would get annoyed with him, but such a compassion is lack of inside of that character that name is The Prioress .But she spends her money on animals instead of humans being, and it has become the motto of her charity. In the Wife of Bath and The Prioress character we find out two various elements . One is a religious woman and the other is whore but whore is doing prioress duty having been a red letter lady, on the other hand religious lady is busy in extravagant.
In short, the Wife of Bath Character in Canterbury Tales is very vivid and clear. It was a custom of medieval that every writer wrote about women and satirized on them and woman was to be considered the agent of devil, Chaucer also wrote about various type of women in his work but his character were as real as they looked. Chaucer does not satirize on woman only but also he paints virtuous characters in his work like the characters of Virginia and Cecilia both are embodiment of all virtues.