Chaucer's Wife of Bath


  • Aug 8 2010 2:16 PM

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This lesson from EDSITEment introduces students to one of the most admired characterizations in Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales," the "Wife of Bath." Students read Chaucer's description of the Wife in the "General Prologue" to consider how he represents her, both as the poet of "The Canterbury Tales" and as a character in his own poem, then read the "Wife of Bath's Prologue," where he has her speak for herself, to gain additional perspective on her character. Next, students investigate some of the literary sources that Chaucer drew upon as he created this portrait of a woman with her own ideas about matrimony, and examine evidence about marriage in the Middle Ages and the role that women played in medieval society. Finally, students read the "Wife of Bath's Tale" and explore the alternative readings of the tale in relation to the character of the Wife of Bath. Less

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    Topics and Grades

    Grade: 9 to 12

    Topics: English-Language Arts, Reading Comprehension, Literature, Writing Strategies, World History, History-Social Science