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The Wife of Bath’s Tale. Romance. Plot structure: Hero battles an enemy and ultimately prevails Three Stages of a Romance Dangerous Journey A Test to Determine the True Qualities of the Hero A Return to the Point where the Journey Started. Romance. Includes : Supernatural Elements

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The wife of bath s tale

The Wife of Bath’s Tale


Romance

Romance

  • Plot structure: Hero battles an enemy and ultimately prevails

  • Three Stages of a Romance

  • Dangerous Journey

  • A Test to Determine the True Qualities of the Hero

  • A Return to the Point where the Journey Started


Romance1

Romance

  • Includes:

    Supernatural Elements

    Good vs. Evil Element

    Quest


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The Wife of Bath’s Tale

  • Romance

    Love

    Quest

    Supernatural/Magic


The wife of bath s prologue

The Wife of Bath’s Prologue

  • 862 lines

  • She speaks with the Pardoner in this excerpt

  • She claims to be an expert in marriage

  • Evidence that she is well read


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The Wife of Bath’s Tale

  • Knight’ quest is to find what women most desire

  • Lines 101-114

  • The pilgrim digresses and injects her own beliefs

  • Lines 118-124 What criticism of women does the Wife offer?


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The Wife of Bath’s Tale

  • Wife contends

    • Women can be hypocritical

    • Women cannot keep secrets

  • How does the Knight display chivalry in lines 159-164?

  • What element of magic happens in lines 166-180?


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The Wife of Bath’s Tale

  • What is the irony in the answer to the riddle?

  • In return for the answer, the Knight must marry the old woman.

  • Old woman gives a sermon

  • Lines 293-294 “Gentility is given by God, not by social rank”


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The Wife of Bath’s Tale

  • In her lecture, the old woman is talking about gentility and virtue

  • The woman then gives the knights a choice

    1. Have an old, but faithful wife

    2. Have a young, but unfaithful wife

  • What is the knight’s answer?

  • What is said at the end of the poem (437-440)?


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