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The Bath Whore

Canterbury Tales Character Analysis
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Astro Pilotte

on 11 October 2010

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Transcript of The Bath Whore

The Wife
of Bath Her Appearance. She presents herself as someone who loves marriage and sex... and takes pleasure in rich attire... but she was deaf in one ear and had a gap between her front teeth; something that was found to be attractive in her day. A Lady of Love. Many people knew her as an "expert on marriage" This is because she had been married five times to five different men. She was well practiced in the art of love due to many affairs she had when she was young. Because of her sexual escapades with many towns people in Bath, she adopted the name Wife of Bath Female Dominance. Her husbands are depicted as peasants who must cater to her sexual appetite She thinks of herself as the H.B.I.C. Unnethe myghte they the statut holde
In which that they were bounden unto me.
Ye woot wel what I meene of this, pardee!
As help me God, I laughe whan I thynke
How pitously a-nyght I made hem swynke! Sex and Lollardy. It's pretty obvious that the dominant theme of her tale is about sex but what many people don't see is the theme of lollardy. Lollards believed that Christianity should be closely based on the Bible; that everyone should have access to a vernacular Bible; and that everyone should be allowed to interpret its meaning for themselves. She found nothing wrong with sex and believed that her promiscuity was acceptable because God created humans for procreation.
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