The Wife of Bath or, otherwise known as Alisoun of Bath is often believed to be a early portrayal of feminism in literature. With her modern view of women, sexuality, and marriage in opposition to a patriarchal society it initially seems clear that Chaucer wrote one of the first examples of a feminist character in English literature.
The Wife of Bath The Wife of Bath is perhaps one of the most familiar characters in the company of travelers. She is actually not a wife at the time, but admits readily to having had five husbands.
Useful tales to look at might include The Miller's Tale, The Merchant's Tale, The Prioress' Tale, The Manciple's Tale, The Wife of Bath's Tale. 2 Choose one word (and its variants), and use it as a key to the interpretation of any one Tale.Agbabi places her Wife of Bath in a particular socio-economic context. By placing her as a woman from Nigeria, Agbabi can imitate the social otherness of a woman in the male-dominated world of the middle ages, through an ethnic framework.Compare the Miller’s Tale with either the Reeve’s Tale or the Summoner’s Tale. What are the different characteristics that make each tale a fabliau? Consider comic timing, plot intricacy, and the cast of characters within the tale. 2. Is the Wife of Bath meant to contradict the misogynist (woman-hating) ideas of her time, or to uphold.
To begin with, take your class through a close reading of the Prologue to the Wife of Bath’s tale. This activity will involve reading what the Wife of Bath is saying, in order to get a gauge on the expectations for women at that time. Ask your students to point out contradictions in the Wife of Bath’s argument as the prologue wears on.Read More
The Canterbury Tales is a collection of stories by Geoffrey Chaucer that was first published in 1400.Read The Canterbury Tales here, with side-by-side No Fear translations into modern English.Read More
There are many stories included in The Canterbury Tales. Of these many tales, one of them is the story of the Wife of Bath, whose real name is Alisoun. From her appearance and behavior, to her political and religious views, there is much to tell about the Wife of Bath, for her prologue and tale are quite long.Read More
In Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, the description of the Wife of Bath in the “General Prologue” seems to contradict her tale and prologue. In the “General Prologue”, The Wife of Bath is described as a very confident woman who is superior, socially speaking. But this portrayal is contradicted by her tale and prologue due to the fact that her independence results from other people.Read More
Class Attitudes Toward Women in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - Judith A. Harris; The Wife of Bath's Coverchiefs and Conjugal Sovereignty in Four Chaucerian Marriage Tales - Ervin C. Dueck (.pdf) Chaucer's Scatological Art in Three Fabliaux - William B. Rutledge (.pdf) The Aesthetics of Marriage in The Canterbury Tales - Ju-ping Kuo (.pdf).Read More
LESSON 4: THE CANTERBURY TALES: Wrap-Up for Pardoner's Prologue and Tale LESSON 5: THE CANTERBURY TALES: The Pardoner's Prologue and TaleLESSON 6: THE CANTERBURY TALES: Wife of Bath Day 1 of 4LESSON 7: THE CANTERBURY TALES: Wife of Bath Day 2 of 4LESSON 8: THE CANTERBURY TALES: Wife of Bath Day 3 of 4.Read More
Study Guide for The Canterbury Tales. The Canterbury Tales is the last of Geoffrey Chaucer's works, and he only finished 24 of an initially planned 100 tales. The Canterbury Tales study guide contains a biography of Geoffrey Chaucer, literature essays, a complete e-text, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.Read More
The Wife of Bath from “The Canterbury Tales” is an older woman who lived sometime in the middle ages, who loves to argue and be right. Elizabeth Taylor is a stunningly beautiful 1950’s actress who was the type of person that ”got around a lot” and was sexually scandalous.Read More
The Wife of Bath's Prologue begins a Group in the Canterbury Tales, or, as one may say, a new act in the drama. It is not connected with anything that precedes. Let us trace the action from this point down to the moment when the clerk turns upon the Wife with.Read More
Full Glossary for The Canterbury Tales; Essay Questions; Practice Projects; Cite this Literature Note; Character Analysis The Wife of Bath The Wife of Bath is intriguing to almost anyone who has ever read her prologue, filled with magnificent, but for some, preposterous statements. First of all, the Wife is the forerunner of the modern liberated woman, and she is the prototype of a certain.Read More