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Canterbury Tales - The Wife of

The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, which was published in March 1981 by

Bantam Books in New York, New York is a funny piece of work about twenty- nine

characters and their stories while on their way to Canterbury. The twenty-nine characters

have to tell two stories on their trip to Canterbury. In the Wife of Bath tale, the wife of

bath tells of a tale of a young knight, the central character in the story. After he raped a

woman, he must roam the countryside in search to the answer to the question 'what is it

that women most desire?' This is the plot, for he must find the answer in order to live.

The knight only has one year to get to answer this question and then he has to return to

King Arthur's court and await his sentence.

The setting is in King Arthur's court when a young man saw a pretty maiden and

raped her. The King was going to sentence him to death but the Queen decided to give

him one year to answer the question . The story is told from the Wife of Bath's point of

view for she is narrating the story. So the conflict, being that he has to find the answer, is

established. The knight's journey does not go well. Finally on the last day that he has, he

comes up to a group of women, as he approaches they disappear and an old woman

appears. This part is the climax of the plot because it is when the knight finally knows the

answer. The old woman says that she knows the answer but she will only tell it to ...

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