Wife of Baths Tale

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  • Topic: The Canterbury Tales, General Prologue, The Knight's Tale
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The general prologue of the story “The Canterbury Tales,” begin in April, as the narrator (Chaucer) begins a pilgrimage from the Tabard Inn at Southwerk to the famed Canterbury, where Sir Thomas a Becket, a martyr for Christianity, is supposedly buried. The General Prologue is a basic descriptive list of the twenty-nine people who become pilgrims to journey to Canterbury, each telling a story along the way. The narrator describes and lists the pilgrims skillfully, according to their rank and status. Noticeably, there is one character who seems to stand out over the others. She is a shy, polite Prioress who is well mannered and proper; wears a fine broach with inscriptions are about love. He clearly and mysteriously describe’s the wife’s background, “She’d had five husbands, all at the church door/Apart from other company in you/No need just now to speak of that, forsooth/And she had thrice been to Jerusalem”(Lines 470-473). Also, the Prologue of the Wife of Bath’s Tale ironically describes a woman which directs the reader to a connection with that of the general prologue. “In which I’ve been an expert as a wife/That is to say, myself have been the whip/So please yourself whether you want to sip/At that same cask of marriage I shall broach” (Lines 13-16).” Although it is factual that the character in Chaucer’s general prologue and the prologue in the Wife of Bath’s Tale is the same entity, there is yet a distinct difference in descriptions of that character. In terms of the story one might strongly seek out the wide use of key similar yet distinct in difference issues, irony, and metaphorical aspects of the tale as to the general prologue.

In response, the similar issues; this vivid sketch is one of the most striking in the General Prologue. We learn of the Wife's physical appearance, her dress, her way of life and her character, while Chaucer introduces hints he intends to amplify later in the narrative. Although editions of the Wife's prologue and...
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