The wife of baths prologue from the beginning through the wife of baths description of her first three husbands fragment 3 lines 1 451 summary the wife of baths prologue the wife of bath begins the prologue to her tale by establishing herself as an authority on marriage due to her extensive personal experience with the institution. The wife of baths prologue and tale an interlinear translation the middle english text is from larry d benson gen ed the riverside chaucer houghton miflin company used with permission of the publisher. Summary before the wife begins her tale she shares information about her life and her experiences in a prologue the wife of bath begins her lengthy prologue by announcing that she has always followed the rule of experience rather than authority. The wife of baths tale middle english the tale of the wyf of bathe is among the best known of geoffrey chaucers canterbury tales it provides insight into the role of women in the late middle ages and was probably of interest to chaucer himself for the character is one of his most developed ones with her prologue twice as long as her tale. But the hilarity of the wife of baths prologue sometimes gives way to sobering moments it happens when the wife alludes to the prevalence of sexual assault in her society or expresses heart wrenching pain at being forced to listen to horribly insulting stories and proverbs about women
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