Wife of Bath's Tale-- Canterbury Tales
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Why does the knight agree to marry the old woman?
She knows the secret to what women want and if she saves his life he promised he would do what she says.
What is the point of the story Midas?
Woman can't keep secrets.
Why does the knight return to the queen before he meets the old woman?
He promised he would.
What is the setting?
*in midieval England there used to be fairies (sprinkle magic)
*now corrupt from church and clergy (England changed and so did the people)
Why was the knight condemned to die?
He raped a young lady.
What are the two choices the old lady gives?
The knight can either choose to have her:
1. Be young, beautiful and unfaithful
2. Old and faithful
*She gives the knight a chance to save his life.
*She asks the knight to find out what women really want or desire. He needs to find out within a year and a day or he will be beheaded.
*She asks the king not to kill the knight because she thinks justice will be better served if he learned a lesson.
women rule the marriage
Wife of Bath
*Says women want to be in charge of their own lives.
*Says women can't hold secrets.
*Turns into a beautiful, young, FAITHFUL woman because the knight gave her the opportunity to choose herself.
How many marriages has the wife of bath had?
Why did a lot of people criticize her for getting married so much?
Christ only attended one wedding in Cana of Galilee
What must the Knight do to save his head? How long does he has to complete this mission?
Tell the Queen what women desire most. He has one year to find an answer.
What problems does the Knight find when he starts asking women what they want?
All the women he asks give him different answers.
The wife of bath believe that women cannot keep secrets, what story does the wife of bath retell to prove her point?
Ovid's story of Midas
When is this tale set?
During the reign of King Authur
What does the Knight see as he rides past a forest?
A group of women dancing
What does the group of women turn into?
An old ugly women
How does the old hag eventually get her way? How does the knight feel while married to the hag?
He finally consents and they marry in a private ceremony. He feels miserable
What was the main issue in the relationship between the wife of bath and her fifth husband?
The age difference he was 20 and she was 40
what does the old hag offer her husband?
A chance for to be ugly but nice and loyal or beautiful but unfaithful and bad
What does the knight say to his wife after her offer ?
that she can choose whatever is best
what does the old hag do publicly after the knight is spared his life?
ask him to marry her
What does the knight say to his wife when she asks him why is he sad?
That he is ashamed to have such an ugly wife
What does the wife of bath conclude her tale with?
A plea that Christ would send us husbands, handsome, and young
What understanding of women does the Pardoner hope to gain from the Wife of Bath's tale?
He hopes to gain some practical knowledge about marriage.
Why was the Wife of Bath an anomaly?
Among women in the Middle Ages, less than one percent could read. The Wife of Bath, with her extensive knowledge, can be seen as a contradiction to actual events.
How does the opening of the Wife of Bath's tale illustrate an extreme case of a man who has no understanding of women?
The knight dominates the maiden by brute force, ignoring her entreaties.
What are some of the differing opinions the knight encounters about what women desire?
wealth, honor, pleasure, flattery, clothing, freedom
What is the purpose of the King Midas story?
It serves to build suspense and show her literary knowledge. It also serves as comic relief.
Knighthood was on the decline during Chaucer's time. The number of knights dropped from about 5,000 to about 1,100 in the year 1300. Why?
The cost of knighthood was too high. Horses and armor was expensive.
According to The Wife of Bath, what gives a man the distinction of being a great gentleman?
virtuous deeds rather than high birth
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