the wife of the bath's tale
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when is this tale set?
during king arthur's time
according to the wife of the bath, why can't people see elves anymore? what has driven them out of their natural habitat?
the friar (church) drove them away
what does the wife of the bath mean when she states, "there is no other incubus than he [ the friar ]"?
he is a male demon who who preys on women
what happens to the maid walking alone?
she was raped
what crime does the lusty bachelor commit? what is "maidenhead"?
the knight rapes the maiden
what is the initial punishment king arthur orders for the knight?
the knight was sentenced to death
who intervenes and requests a special trial?
who is in charge of this special trial for the rapist knight?
what must the knight do to save his head?
find the answer to what do women most desire
how long does the knight have to fulfill the decision?
a year and a day
how is the mission similar or different than the time alloyed to sir gawain in sir gawain and the green knight?
he is being trusted to return
what problem does the knight find when he starts asking women what they want?
all women give a different answer
which of the following items listed is not a response given by women when he asks them the question?
what strange sight does the knight see while riding through the forest on his return journey?
24 beautiful women dancing
what do the 24 women do or what happens to them as the knight approaches?
they all turned into an ugly old homeless women
what does the old hag say she wants in return for providing the answer to the knight's answer?
whatever she first asks him of he has to do
what is the queen and the court's reaction to the knight's answer?
they couldn't disagree with the answer he gave and they said he saved his life with the information he found
what are the wedding celebrations like when the knight marries the hag?
he hides and is filled with sorrow
what does the hag teach the young knight about nobility in her lecture? what makes a person "noble" or "gentle" according to her?
that nobility isn't something that can be passed down from generation to generation, it has to be earned; it comes from godliness, not nobleness
what defense does the hag provide for her poverty and her ugliness? why are these advantages, according to her?
you have true friends, no one will steal from you, Christ chose this way of life, makes you willed to work, etc.
what two options does the hag present to the knight?
she can be an old but loyal wife or an young but non loyal wife
which of these two options does the knight pick?
he lets her choose what to do
how does the hag's appearance change at the end of the story?
she is young and beautiful
how does the tale connect to the portrait of the wife in the general prologue?
it proves she was on the pilgrimage to find a husband
how might her story be a type of wish-fulfillment for the aging?
it shows that even if you are old you can be happy
how does the hag's transformation externally match or mirror an internal transformation of the rapist knight who earlier gave no respect to women's wishes?
he has come to terms with respecting women and their wishes so she rewarded him