Canterbury Tales: The Wife of Bath (prologue included)
Terms in this set (23)
What victory does the Wife of Bath gain after her fight with her husband?
He burns his book and she gains control of the matters of the house.
In the tale, what was the knight's crime?
To avoid death, what must the knight find out?
What women most desire
Who gives the knight the right answer?
An old woman
What complaints does the knight have about his wife?
1. She is old and ugly.
2. She is not high class.
3. She is poor.
When and where is this tale set?
The days of King Arthur in the lands of Britany, France.
What is the initial punishment of the knight? Who intervened?
To lose his head... The queen.
Who is in charge of the special trial for the knight?
How long does the knight have to fulfill his mission?
A year and a day.
What problem does the knight run into when he starts asking women what they want?
No two women are in agreement with what they desire the most.
What does the old hag want in return to giving the knight the answer?
For him to do whatever she asks of him next.
What is the queen and the courts reaction to the answer?
They all agreed with what he said.
What does the old hag teach the knight about nobility in her lecture?
Possessions do not make one noble, but the deeds one does is what makes them noble.
What two options does the hag present to the Knight?
1. Being old, faithful, and pleasing.
2. Young and unfaithful?
What option does the knight pick?
Whatever the hag enjoys the most he will enjoy as well.
How does the appearance of the old hag change in the end of the story?
She turns into a young, fair women.
In what ways is the hag like the Wife of Bath?
1. Only gives what others want if she gets what she wants in return.
2. She's a older woman who marries a younger man.
3. All convincing Speakers.
What is the Wife's subject?
To justify the morality of having multiple husbands.
What argument does the Wife make about her marriages? Explain how she supports that opinion.
The Wife argues that God made people to multiply, so she has the right to have multiple husbands. She also states that no where does it say that she cannot remarry after a husband dies. She supports her opinion by using multiple pieces of scripture, and she talks about honorable characters in the Bible.
The Wife lumps the first three husbands together. How did she treat them? Why?
She treated them quite poorly because they were all pleasing themselves with other women. She was able to control them more easily because she was young and beautiful.
What sort of person was the Wife's fourth husband? How did she treat him?
The fourth husband cheated on her, so she made it seem like she was cheating on him. He was easily angered.
How and when did the Wife meet Janekin, her fifth husband? Why did she marry him? Why did he marry her?
She met Janekin at her fourth husbands death. She married him for love not money.
How did the wife and Janekin get along? What is in his book? What does he do with the book? What does she do with the book?what happens then? How do they settle their differences?
Janekin was abusive towards the Wife. His book contains multiple stories of men and their terrible women; he reads the book to her everyday. She ripped pages out of the book which causes a fight. She asks for a kiss which settles their differences.