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In the Prologue of the Canterbury Tales, why is the Wife of Bath on the pilgrimage?

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Posted June 10, 2010 at 6:59 AM via web

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In the Prologue of the Canterbury Tales, why is the Wife of Bath on the pilgrimage?

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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 10, 2010 at 11:59 PM (Answer #1)

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The Wife of Bath is a social climber and a mid narcissist. She understands her role in society as a woman who is ahead of her time in how she calculates, weighs, measures, and designs her earnings, her marriages, her widowhoods, and what gain she can get from it all. Going into this pilgrimages is her hobby and also her way to meet perhaps a future lover or husband. It also gives her the social opportunity to meet connections and people. She has a habit of going in pilgrimages and from what she says she has acquired a good reputation from them -making her look devout. But the fact remains is that these are nothing but meet and greets for her to tell her stories and be the center of attention.

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