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Canterbury Tales, The Wife of Bath Tale - Geoffrey Chaucer, 14th century - The hypocrisy of men in society

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  1. Multiple marriages
  2. Men's hypocrisy
  3. The lack of freedom for women, the cause of men's problems

In Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, "The Wife of Bath" is powerful and beautifully expressed work. In the tale, the Wife of Bath describes her five marriages while criticizing the hypocrisy and irrationality of men. She forces us to realize that men subdue their women and leave them little room to breathe, while complaining constantly about the nature of women and their inherent wickedness. Chaucer looks at marriage and relationships in the Middle Ages from a woman's point of view - a perspective very rarely addressed according to the Wife of Bath. As she provides us with examples of men behaving in ridiculous and inconsiderate ways, she conveys to us the hypocrisy of the system to which women are slaves.

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