The Wife's Prologue and Tale

The Wife's Prologue and Tale - English315 Chaucer

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English 315  Chaucer Study Questions for the “Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale” 1. In the “Prologue,” the Wife, Alison, first justifies her five marriages (27-161). What are some  of the arguments she uses? 2. In the next part of the “Prologue,” Alison brags about her ability to control her list three (older)  husbands. What are some methods she used? (See 192-378). Look especially at the way Alison  answers her husband’s criticism of her behavior and that of wives in general (235-302). 3. At one point in the “Prologue,” the Wife comments, “Deceite, wepyng, spynyng God hath yive  / To women kyndely, whil that they may lyve” (401-02). What would you say about Alison’s  characterization of women? Is it accurate? Is it flattering? Are these “skills” related? 4. What is the “marriage debt”? (130) Why is it an important part of the Wife’s argument? How 
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The Wife's Prologue and Tale - English315 Chaucer

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