The Prologue to the Wife of Bath's Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer Solved Question Papers Part 2/2
1. From your reading of the Prologue to the Wife of Bath's Tale, give an account of marriage as it is revealed through her narration.
Chaucer's Canterbury Tales is a compendium of stories, with a unique framing device. There is a diverse group of pilgrims, all making their way to the shrine of Thomas Beckett in Canterbury. Since it is a long travel, they agree to each tell two stories on the way to and two stories on the way back from the pilgrimage. The narrator describes the various people who form a part of this group, and often before they tell the actual stories the pilgrims have some conversation or introduce themselves. One such pilgrim is the Wife of Bath, and her prologue, interestingly, is longer than her actual tale.