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Delhi University Solved Question Papers Semester 2 Paper 4 The Prologue to the Wife of Bath's Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer

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  • Chapter 1

    The Prologue to the Wife of Baths Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer Solved Question Papers Part 12

    1. Analyse the Wife of Bath's use of religious texts to validate herself.


    One of the most popular and colourful characters in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, the Wife of Bath is a woman named Alison. She comes from the city of Bath, and has had five marriages. This is why she is called 'the wife of Bath': She is a woman, who has been a wife to five different men, and she comes from Bath.  This woman has an interesting introduction to give of herself, before she embarks on the tale she wants to tell. This introduction is called the 'prologue to the wife of Bath's tale'. In it she reveals something of herself, her circumstances and her opinions and views especially on the central subject of marriage. As a woman who has been a Wife at least five times, she something like a professional interest in the institution of marriage and the related area of sexual relations.  Both are topics she discusses freely with the pilgrims in the group.....


  • Chapter 2

    The Prologue to the Wife of Baths Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer Solved Question Papers Part 22

    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.

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