English 205:
Discussion Question 3

Chaucer, "The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale"

Directions: After reading the lecture, answer one of the questions below. This answer is due no later than Thursday, Mar. 1.

Your responses to other students' answers are due by midnight on Sunday, Mar. 4. Remember: in order to get the full 20 points, you MUST respond thoughtfully to at least 2 other people's postings.

This discussion question is worth a possible 20 points. Late answers receive 0 points, so post early :)

We will be using the Canvas Discussion Board for this class. Click on the link below to get to the Canvas portal, sign in, and then click on the box for this class. You will find the "Discussions" link on the left side of the screen:

Discussion Board

1. What values are important, according to the "old wife" in the tale told by the Wife of Bath? (NOTE: I am not referring to the Wife of Bath herself, but to the old woman in the tale told by the Wife of Bath.) Does the Wife of Bath herself hold the same values?

2. The Wife of Bath was scandalous in the time when this story was written because of her frank acknowledgment of the way she used her sexuality to compensate for the inequality in the laws governing men and women. Do you think Chaucer intends the reader to approve or disapprove of the Wife of Bath?

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