The Wife of Bath

The Wife of Bath

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  • Helen Xu Mrs. Philyaw Honors Humanities 2: Period 1 04 May 2018
  • Exposition In England during King Arthur's time, a young knight committed the terrible crime of raping a young woman.
  • Rising Action As a punishment for his crime, the queen gives him one year and one day to figure out what women want more than anything else in the world.
  • The Wife of Bath Breton Lais
  • You have one day and one year to figure out what women want most.
  • Rising Action He searched everywhere, but every woman he asked gave him a different answer.
  • honor
  • happiness
  • Nice clothes and jewelry
  • Climax With his one year almost up, the knight comes across an old lady. The woman tells him the answer to the question, and he agrees to do anything in return. 
  • Falling Action The knight answers the queen's question correctly. The old lady demands his hand in marriage. Even though the knight strongly objects, he has no option but to agree.
  • Most women want power over their husbands and the final say in all matters.
  • Marry me!
  • Resolution After the marriage, the old lady asks if he would rather she be pretty but unfaithful or ugly but devoted. The knight decides to leave it up to her. His response satisifies her, and she becomes pretty and faithful.
  • Up to you.
  • What do you choose?
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