What Makes an Ideal Woman

Chaucer's unrealistic standard of the perfect woman

The Wife of Bath's Tale

In a land of fairy tales, a knight rapes a woman and is told that to save his life he must find what it is that women most desire to keep his life. He is given a year and one day to find what it is that he seeks. Throughout the time he was given, the Knight finds an old woman who can answer his question true. He finds that what women most desire: power. The knight's life is spared, but to attain this information from the woman he would have to marry her. The old wife of the Knight asks if he would rather her an old, physically unappealing, but loyal wife or a young, beautiful wife, that may take her time with another man. The Knight granted her the choice to choose which she thought best, and due to this power, she become both upon a kiss.

Chaucer depicts the Wife of Bath's tale as a fairy tale. This states that only in our imagination can one find the ideal and perfect woman the is loyal, young, and beautiful.
The Path to where this knowledge originated

Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales: The Wife of Bath's Tale