two points of interest from Chaucer's Wife of Bath's prologue and tale caught my attention when I was listening to Christina Aguilera's songs "Can't Hold Us Down" and "What a girl wants."
In "Can't Hold Us Down" Aguilera sang that in society throughout history there was a double standard: " The guy gets all the glory the more he can score while the girl can do the same and yet you call her a whore." The Wife of Bath was probably one of the earliest female model to argue this point and perhaps inspirred Aguilera. In her prologue, she claimed that she had five husbands: " Of husbands at church door have I had five." She was reprimanded by the church. They told her that she should follow the example of Jesus. She said: " Thus, by this same example, showed He [Jesus] me, I never should have married more than once."
The wife of bath rationalized that it was okay for her to remarry rather than stay a widow. She used the Bible to point out that God made humans to "pro-create." and she argued that if King Solomon could have wives and concubines, why couldn't she? For approximately seven centuries the wife of bathe's revolutionary thinking is still being reconfigure in today's society. Lil' Kim rapping along Aguilera's song: "the table's about to turn." They encourage females today to return the favor: "Do it right back to him and let that be that, you need to let him know that his game is whack."
The wife of bath's talPosted by Michael Diezmos at September 28, 2005 9:24 PM