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Just as the Reeve’s tale was a response to the Miller’s tale, the Clerk’s tale is a response to the Wife of Bath’s tale. The Clerk’s character, Walter, finds that he can choose his own wife and finds Griselde. The Wife of Bath’s tale uses the hag asking for the knight to wed her and the dynamics of the relationship are much different than the Clerk’s tale. The Wife of Bath was used to toying with her husbands and playing games
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Unformatted text preview: with their heads, while Walter puts his wife through horrible hardships to prove her love. Obviously, Walter has the upper hand in his relationship and the Wife of Bath believes women should hold the central role in a relationship. I wonder what is the significance of the two stories within Chaucer’s tales. I wish I could go back in time and ask Chaucer if he felt a particular way or if this is more of a social commentary....
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This note was uploaded on 03/18/2009 for the course ENGL 2222 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Colorado.

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