Discussion Questions – Chaucer’s The Wife of Bath’s Tale
- Discuss the idea from the Wife of Bath that women desire sovereignty or control and with that become perfect wives.
- What is the sequence of events in the Wife’s marriage to her fifth husband that leads to this outcome?
- What is the sequence of events in the Wive’s Tale itself that leads to this outcome?
- How does the Wife of Bath deal with her own aging? Use evidence from the text.