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Wife of Bath's Tale

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Transcript of Wife of Bath's Tale

Agenda
Themes
Language

By: Greg, Jason, Kairui, Shimon, Nicole, Taite

Wife of Bath's Tale
Genre
Summary
Language
Themes
Characterization
Feminist ideas
Allusions
Significance
Symbolism
Discussion Questions
Dramatization
Activity
Feminist Ideas
Dramatization
Allusions
Entertaining
Magical Elves and Fairies
Leaves the reader very intrigued, and wondering "What will happen next?" or "What is the knight's answer?"
Women want to be equal partners
Equality of husband and wife
Women want to be able to decide and have power in the marriage
Women are shown as a "good" force ( e.g. the Queen, the old lady)
Significance

Importance of inner beauty
Women want sovereignty
Early commentary on Patriarchal Society
Knight gives lady sovereignty in the relationship
Symbolism
The Knight
power of men
rapes young woman
Old Lady
teaching and education
good morals
inner beauty
power of women
Queen
power of women
gives Knight punishment
Sex and Marriage
Female empowerment
Misandry
Abuse (domestic and sexual)
Gender equality/inequality
Desire
Bible/Religion
Ptolemy
Mythology
-Ovid
Astrology
King Arthur
Activity
Instructions: Split into your groups. Together, work on the handout. Select the word that matches the given definition or correctly fill in the blank letters for the given word. The first team to finish and/or answer the most correct wins.
Activity Answer Key
1) A. sovereignty
2) abuse
3) king
4) queen
5) C. rape
6) Midas
7) elves
8) magic
9) D. misandry
10) mythology
11) knight
12) religion
13) B. feminism
14) murder
15) fairies
Summary
Knight rapes maiden
Queen gives task
Beheading
Poor, old, ugly lady helps him
Doesn't want to sleep with her
Choice
Knight gives choice
Old lady becomes young, beautiful, and obedient
Happy together
Wife of Bath curses husbands
Discussion Questions
1. Why was the knight sent to seek what women desire most?
* All good students are raising their hands!
2. What were the opinions that the Wife of Bath had on multiple marriages and sex?
3. How did the knight react to marrying the old woman ? How do you think she felt?
4. Why do you think the knight let the old woman choose what her own personality would be towards him?
Prologue
Wife of Baths many marriages
5 husbands
Believes in Virginity
Someone must make the virgins
Sex as joy, not just kids
Uses sexual power over husbands
She is the negative stereotype of wives
But her view becomes more sympathetic towards the end
Good and evil
Magical beings
Elves & Fairies
The knight
Murderer
Nemesis
Selfishness
Characterization
5. What would you choose if you were the knight?
Though the Wife of Bath never practiced equality; either she was dominant or her husband was.
Genre
Breton Lai
originated in France
Quest
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