Power In 'The Wife Of Bath's Tale'

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Thread 1: “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” contains frequent use of irony, such as the knight being punished for rape when knights are known to be noble and chivalrous. Thread 2: There is a noticeable theme of female power in “The Wife of Bath’s Tale.” The queen had the power to choose the knight’s punishment, and the old woman had the power to make the knight her husband. Thread 3: Some pieces of “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” seem out of place, such as the story about King Midas. Thesis: “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” has a very prominent theme of power centered around the female characters. The power that the women possess serves to illustrate the overall theme that, in order for a marriage to be successful, the wife must have control over the
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