Canterbury Tales

Read both the “Prologue” and the “Tale” for the Wife of Bath and answer these questions.  Please begin by reviewing what has been said about the Wife of Bath in the “General Prologue” that we read previously.
1) How does the “Prologue” to this Tale add to and clarify what we’ve learned about the Wife of Bath in the “General Prologue?”  Does it contradict or differ from that information in any way?
2) Which of her marriage experiences seem most important to her?  What has she learned from them?
3) How does her tale support her experiences and her view of women?
4) a. What is your overall reaction to her tale — e.g. do you find it troubling, satisfying, strange, relatable?  Why?
b.  How do you think a medieval audience would react to her tale?  Why?

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