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The Wife of Bath's Tale

A critical appreciation is a written work that examines and evaluates a piece of literature from a discerning and critical point of view. Basically, it's something written by a reader that...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2018 5:04 pm UTC

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The Wife of Bath's Tale

We learn from the Prologue that the Wife of Bath knows what she wants and is good at getting her needs met. We also know that she likes to be in charge in a marriage (even if her fifth husband, who...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2019 5:51 pm UTC

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The knight who raped a young woman gets many answers when he wanders around the countryside asking people what women most want. Some respond that women want material wealth. Others say honor is...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2018 11:22 am UTC

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The Wife of Bath goes on pilgrimages to prove that she can. She's very much a proto-feminist at a time when women are expected to be demure, submissive, and chaste. For most people, going on a...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2018 7:57 am UTC

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A knight must find the answer to the Queen's riddle: What do women desire most in all the world? If he doesn't, then he'll be executed as a rapist and will lose his head on the block. The knight...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2019 9:37 am UTC

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Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Wife of Bath's Tale" is a medieval romance with the usual knight on an adventure. Historically, knights in such Arthurian romances traditionally followed the code of...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2013 6:20 pm UTC

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The Wife of Bath's Tale

The Wife of Bath contradicts the gender roles of her time. Through her tale, Chaucer outlines and critiques the rigid gender norms of medieval English society. The feudal system defined a woman’s...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2020 11:22 pm UTC

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The Wife of Bath's Tale

This is largely a matter of subjective opinion, but I would argue that one of the most significant quotations in "The Wife of Bath's Prologue" concerns the appropriate behavior of widows: But me...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2019 10:53 am UTC

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The Wife of Bath's Tale

Satire pokes fun at human weaknesses or social issues. Focusing on the tale itself, we could pick out two social issues it pokes fun at and undermines: the first is male intellectual superiority;...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2019 7:42 pm UTC

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Often considered Geoffrey Chaucer's most colorful character, the Wife of Bath is distinctly one who enjoys the luxury of the freedom to travel on pilgrimages. Furthermore, she is an individual with...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2017 5:03 am UTC

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The Wife of Bath's Tale

In The Wife of Bath’s Prologue in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, the Friar and the Summoner have a heated exchange before she begins her tale. The contrast of the tone of their speech...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2019 4:00 am UTC

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The Knight certainly gets the best deal by the end of “The Wife of Bath’s Tale,” as he keeps his life and gains a beautiful and faithful wife in the process—what some may call an injustice after...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2018 3:13 pm UTC

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The Wife of Bath's Tale

The Wife of Bath is an interesting character precisely because she challenges every preconception the medieval audience might have about the role of women. In her prologue, she begins by...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2017 7:59 am UTC

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The Wife of Bath's Tale

In The Wife of Bath's Tale, a knight from King Arthur's court goes on a journey to find out what women most want. On his travels, the knight finds an old woman who informs him what women want most...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2016 11:47 pm UTC

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You could compare “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” with Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by discussing the presence of knights in each. Yes, both stories center on knights. Each knight has to go on an...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2020 3:19 pm UTC

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After the knight forced himself on the maiden, people demanded justice, and he was to be put to death. However, the queen and other ladies intervened, and the king spared the knight and handed him...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2016 7:34 am UTC

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The knight at first appears to be a bad character. The tale begins with the knight raping a woman he finds alone in a deserted place. No explanation is given for his behavior, and the sense is that...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2019 12:51 pm UTC

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The Wife of Bath's Tale

In "The Wife of Bath's Tale" the knight is charged with raping a young madien. The king decrees that his punishment will be death for his crime, but the queen convinces her husband to change the...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2011 8:31 am UTC

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The Wife of Bath's Tale

The most detailed description we have of the Wife of Bath is found in the Prologue. She is one of the most colorful characters developed by Chaucer, and certainly one of the most interesting. She...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2013 3:16 pm UTC

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The Wife of Bath's Tale

The Wife of Bath is one of Chaucer's most interesting characters. In trying to develop a thesis statement, I would focus on what characterizes her as a woman, and why she chooses to tell the story...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2018 9:33 am UTC

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As the other excellent answer to this question suggests, the knight agrees to grant the old woman the first thing she desires if she gives him the answer to the riddle regarding what women want....

Latest answer posted October 18, 2016 12:51 pm UTC

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The Wife of Bath's Tale

In the time of King Arthur, a knight of the realm has raped a young woman. In Arthur's kingdom the normal punishment for such a serious crime is death. But the queen and other ladies of the court...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2018 9:00 am UTC

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In "The Wife of Bath's Prologue," in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tale, the Wife has a good deal to say about how poorly women are portrayed because men are telling the stories. She argues that if...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2015 5:43 pm UTC

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There is consistency in the Wife of Bath's arguments regarding marriage. She claims that there is nothing wrong with her five marriages and that choosing to marry can make one as morally or...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2017 6:46 pm UTC

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The Wife of Bath's Tale

The Black Death is a backdrop for The Canterbury Tales. Chaucer deals with it most directly in "The Pardoner's Tale," where the greedy and unscrupulous pardoner benefits from people's fear of the...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2020 2:50 pm UTC

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The Wife of Bath's Tale

The main character in the tale of the Wife of Bath is a young man who, blinded by lust, rapes a beautiful young woman. His original punishment is death; however, the queen and other ladies of the...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2015 2:41 pm UTC

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The Wife of Bath's Tale

The narrative action of “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” begins when one of King Arthur’s knights, who the Wife of Bath describes as a “lusty bacheler,” or a pleasure-loving knight of lower order, “rafte...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2014 1:44 pm UTC

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The Wife of Bath's Tale

The knight in The Wife of Bath's Tale had committed a crime, but instead of being executed, he was given one year to live. In this year, he was tasked with finding an answer to the question "what...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2014 2:48 am UTC

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The knight in Chaucer’s Wife of Bath’s Tale is not like a typical, fairy-tale knight. Knights are supposed to be protectors of women, but the knight in Wife of Bath’s Tale rapes a young maiden....

Latest answer posted January 29, 2014 2:09 pm UTC

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We need to consider the relationship between the Wife and her tale. Let us remember that the Wife is a woman who has been married five times and killed off each of her husbands due to her sexual...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2011 6:48 pm UTC

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After the knight in "The Wife of Bath's Tale" sexually assaults a young maiden, the queen decrees that, instead of being executed, the knight will be tasked with finding the answer to an important...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2019 3:45 pm UTC

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The Wife of Bath's Tale

King Arthur was ready to punish the knight according to the law, but the queen and the other ladies begged him not to kill him. According to the law, the knight was to lose his head given his...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2016 8:27 am UTC

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I can't answer all these many questions in one note, but let's examine the heart of the Wife of Bath. She is a feisty woman, the opposite of the ideal of a docile, obedient wife and tells a...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2019 7:05 pm UTC

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The Wife of Bath's Tale

You need to look at the Wife of Bath's prologue for this, rather than the tale itself. She uses scripture overtly to support what she is saying. She refers to the fact that Jesus once criticized...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2019 2:35 pm UTC

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We know the Wife of Bath has some education in the Bible and classical literature, though we are not certain of the extent of her education or even if she is literate. However, she has the ability...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2020 1:28 am UTC

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The Wife of Bath's Tale

The Wife of Bath appears to indicate that women want it all. She certainly does. And she has no hesitation in projecting her own wishes, wants, and desires onto the rest of womankind. Sovereignty...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2019 5:50 am UTC

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The Wife of Bath's Tale

"The Wife of Bath's Tale" begins in an unfortunate manner: the story opens with a knight raping a woman. The knight is sentenced to death—that is, unless he can report to the court what it is that...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2019 3:40 am UTC

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The Wife of Bath's Tale

I would have thought there are two main elements that you can look at to show the feminism that is explicit in this excellent tale: the "point" of the tale and the character of the wife herself. We...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2011 7:07 pm UTC

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The Wife of Bath's Tale

The Wife of Bath's first three husbands share the characteristics of being old, rich, and subservient to her—she refers to their catering to her as being "good." They also all seem to have trouble...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2019 4:40 pm UTC

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The Wife of Bath's Tale

One of Chaucer's significant themes in The Canterbury Tales is marriage, and the Wife of Bath garrulously discusses her many marriages in which she assumed the dominant role. Before she begins her...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2014 11:55 am UTC

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The Wife of Bath's Tale

In the time of King Arthur, the natural environment blended with magical elements and creatures. However, all the elements and creatures had since disappeared and paved the way for modern...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2015 2:43 pm UTC

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The Wife of Bath's Tale

Satire involves an author taking a serious tone toward a subject, but then exaggerating some element until it's clear that the real purpose is to make fun of some aspect of society. Chaucer's work...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2013 4:30 pm UTC

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The Wife of Bath's Tale

While there are several tales from The Decameron that make repeat appearances in The Canterbury Tales, as retelling of old tales was the norm during early periods of literary history, there is none...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2012 7:23 am UTC

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The Wife of Bath's Tale

I would think that even the most cursory of readings of this brilliant tale would indicate that this story is above all about women asserting dominance over men rather than women meekly accepting...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2011 6:37 pm UTC

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The Wife of Bath's Tale

The portrayal of Dame Alison, also known as the Wife of Bath in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, definitely supports the long tradition of misogynistic literature, as well as the medieval...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2015 5:56 pm UTC

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The Wife of Bath's Tale

In Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Wife of Bath's Tale," from The Canterbury Tales, I find that while he learns the answer to the riddle, the knight is much the scoundrel he was at the beginning of the...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2011 12:11 pm UTC

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The Wife of Bath's Tale

The Wife of Bath is not necessarily disloyal. She is just a very controlling woman whose husbands seem to die once she gets control of the marriage. Therefore, due to her circumstances, her views...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2020 6:54 pm UTC

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The Wife of Bath's Tale

According to Augustine, the incubus is the male demon who is capable of lying on a woman while she is sleeping, causing nightmares and potentially pregnancy. The offspring would be a creature of...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2019 4:37 am UTC

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The Wife of Bath's Tale

This extract from the Prologue introduces us to the flamboyant character of the Wife of Bath, who is determined to live her life the way that she wants to and chooses to interpret everything around...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2012 6:17 am UTC

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The Wife of Bath's Tale

“The Wife of Bath's Tale” in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales features an unlikely hero. A knight in King Arthur's court gets himself into major trouble when he rapes a young maiden. The king wants to...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2021 12:28 am UTC

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