Chaucerís Wife Of Bath, Allison, is a very interesting character. She almost seems
to be an early feminist, but is not by her own words. She has her own authoritarian views
on marriage, Scripture, and husband domination. Alison is one of the only characters who
actually reveals herself openly, through her prologue. She has a personality, and that
personality consists of her authority over her husbands, her own ideals on religion, and she
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or fair, should be obeyed in all things by their husbands.
The Wife of Bathís authoritarian self confidence is a subtle comment on the way
men thought of women. She proves that women can, and will dominate and dictate their
husbands in marriage. The reason that Allisonís character seems more real is her
self-cognizance, she seems to look at her life from a distance. Therefore she actually
thinks and has a quasi-dynamic personality.