2 Instructions:Follow the instructions in this slideshow as you read “The Wife of Bath’s Tale.”You may work with a partner to complete the study guide.Each student must turn in their own completed copy of the study guide.The entire assignment is worth 51 points.
3 Page 1Complete vocab practice.Up next: Background Information
4 Women in Medieval Times It was commonly believed that compared to men, women were…Not as StrongNot as smartNot as morally goodIt was all because of Eve.Continue to learn why…
5 Adam and EveThe Medieval church leaders taught that the snake targeted Eve because she was not as strongly committed to God. Also, she was easy to fool and obviously more evil since she gave in to Satan’s temptaion. All women were said to be daughters of Eve who shared her weakness .
6 The negative view of Eve and of women in general was constantly reinforced. In a popular drama of the story Adam, after hurling a wailing Eve to the ground, kicking her, and dragging her by the hair, cries out in anger:“Oh, evil woman, full of treason, Forever contrary to reason, Bringing no man good in any season: Our children's children to the end of time Will feel the cruel whiplash of your crime!”
7 Life of Medieval WomenBoth noble and peasant Medieval women had a difficult life. Most women of both social classes were restricted to household tasks such as cooking, sewing, weaving and spinning. In addition to household tasks, peasant women worked in the fields. However, women also hunted for food and some fought in battles.Chaucer’s character, the Wife of Bath, is not a typical Medieval woman. Watch for ways that she is different from what her time period expects her to be.
8 Study Guide Page 2 Wife of Bath’s Prologue, Page 180 We heard the Wife of Bath speak about her past five husbands in the video. Due to her experience and expertise, her tale will be about marriage and its problems.Stanza 1- the Pardoner is speaking to the Wife of BathStanza 2 – The Wife of Bath speaks to the groupStanza 3 – Pardoner/ Wife of Bath speakAnswer 1-3
9 List of CharactersFill in information as you learn about various characters in this tale. Don’t forget to complete this section when you have finished reading.
10 During Reading Questions Page 182 The first stanza is a difficult passage in the poem. Here the Wife of Bath is describing the setting of her tale. She wants her audience to think about knights, magic, fairies, elves, and the good old days when those sorts of things were popular.Answer questions 1 & 2
12 Page 183Lines 75 – 88 describe the queen or are statements spoken by the queen.In line 75 “him” refers to King Author. She thanks him for giving her the trial.The queen calls for the knight and addresses him by saying… “You stand…in no way certain of your life.” She continues to speak to the knight.Answer questions 6-7
13 Page 183-185 Read about the knight’s quest in lines 89-126. Answer questions 7-11Line the Wife of Bath gets sidetracked by another story she remembers which proves her opinion about women. She starts telling that story to make her point.
14 PageRead line 159 “This knight that I am telling you about…” to line 258.Answer questions 12-16
16 Unhappily ever after…While in bed, the loathsome hag asks the knight why he is so sad. He replies that he could hardly bear the shame of having such an ugly, lowborn wife.His problems with her:“You are too common, ugly, and too poor for me!”Answer question 17
17 Page 188- 190 (line 352) The 1st Crone’s argument: Too commonAsks him what makes someone “gentle” or noble?Is it really passed through family? Can noble character be bequeathed?There have been sons of noble fathers, she argues, who were shameful and villainous, though they shared the same blood.Gentle and noble deeds makea noble man or woman-- judge by that.Answer question 18
18 Page 190 - 191 (line 353- 382) The Crone’s 2nd argument: Too poorYes but the church teaches the value of a life of povertyYou don’t have to fear a thiefReveals your true friendsYou can’t buy happiness: real riches lie in having little and wanting nothing.Answer question 19
19 Page 191 (beginning at line 383) The Crone’s 3rd argument: Too old and uglyYes, but … ugly is safeNo one will want me so I will never cheat on youYou don’t have to worry about your friends or neighbors hitting on meAnswerQuestion20
20 The options:Would you rather have a wife who is ugly but loyal and good, or a wife who is young and hot but also flirtatious and unfaithful. (line 395)Answer question 21
21 Page 192Read line 404 to the end of the tale. Answer questions
22 Answer a. by reviewing background information on women and other handouts on this character. Why does it make sense that the Wife of Bath would tell this story?
23 Answer b. Transformation… “For by my truth, to you I will be both;That is to say, I'll be both good and fair.”Make sure your answer includes the answer which saves the knight’s life.
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