Wife Of Bath Tale


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  • Once, in King Arthur's kingdom, there was a knight who had committed such a vile act on an innocent women that the whole kingdom was horrified. The King wanted to kill him immediately.
  • Exposition
  • Rising Action
  • The Queen and her ladies in waiting, however, were more sympathetic. Once the Queen convinced the King to put the Knight in her mercy, she gave a decree. She told him he had one year and a day to find "What is the thing that women most desire?" (Chaucer 301).
  • Rising Action
  • The Knight spent the whole year looking for the answer. He asked person after person. On his last day, as he was walking back to the palace in defeat, he encountered an old lady who promised to tell him the answer if he "swear[ed] to do whatever [she] shall require of [him]" (Chaucer 303). He agreed!
  • The Knight returned to the palace and declaresd "A woman wants the self-same sovereignty/ over her husband as over her lover, and master him" (Chaucer 304). The Queen and all the ladies were delighted and he was spared. However, the old lady proclaimed that he must marry her.
  • Conflict
  • Falling Action
  • The Knight grudgingly got married to the old lady, but there no joy or festivities were involved. The old lady asked the Knight, "You have two choices; which one will you try?" (Chaucer 309). She then goes on to elaborate upon these choices by describing a old, faithful woman, and a young, flirtatious woman.
  • Resolution
  • The Knight statesd "I leave the matter to your wise decision" (Chaucer 309). Because of his willingness to let her make her own choice, she changed into a young and faithful lady, with whom he lived happily ever after.
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