Wife of Bath's Tale / Edition 2

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Each book in this established series contains the full and complete text, and is designed to motivate and encourage students who may be writing on these challenging writers for the first time. It contains useful notes to add depth and knowledge to students' understanding, comments to explain literacy and historical allusions, tasks to help students explore themes and issues, and suggestions for further reading.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198325727
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Series: Oxford Student Texts Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     v
Foreword     vi
The Wife of Bath's Tale in Context     1
The Wife of Bath's Tale     13
The Wife of Bath's portrait: General Prologue     13
The Wife of Bath's Prologue     14
The Wife of Bath's Tale     40
Notes     53
The Wife of Bath's portrait: General Prologue     53
The Wife begins her prologue: Lines 1-34     55
The Wife develops her arguments to support her position: Lines 35-114     57
The Wife's 'biological' argument: Lines 115-162     61
The Pardoner interrupts her: Lines 163-192     63
The Wife speaks about her first three husbands and how she handled them: Lines 193-284     64
The Wife describes further her techniques for dealing with her husbands: Lines 285-361     68
The Wife achieves dominance: Lines 362-451     71
The Wife's fourth husband: Lines 452-502     75
The Wife tells of Jankyn, her fifth husband: Lines 503-626     77
The Wife marries Jankyn and the problems begin: Lines 627-787     81
The Wife and Jankyn have their last argument: Lines 788-856     88
The Wife begins her tale: Lines 857-881     91
The knight commits his crime and is given his quest: Lines882-982     92
The knight receives his answer in return for a request: Lines 983-1108     96
The knight receives lectures on nobility, poverty, and respecting the old: Lines 1109-1216     100
The old woman gives the knight a choice and he makes his decision: Lines 1217-1264     104
Interpretations     107
Genre     107
Characterization     109
Themes     118
Language and style     134
Narrative techniques     140
The unity of prologue and tale     142
Critical views     143
A Note on Chaucer's English     145
A Note on Pronunciation     153
Essay Questions     155
Chronology     158
Further Reading     160
Glossary     162
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