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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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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
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Romance
  • Includes:

Supernatural Elements

Good vs. Evil Element

Quest

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The Wife of Bath’s Tale
  • Romance

Love

Quest

Supernatural/Magic

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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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