the wife of bath

by kayla.motes

1.this character in the book occupation is

clothmaker, who Chaucer describes assurpassing the clothmakers of Ypres and Ghent, who were renowned for this trade.

2.the need of this occupation tells me

Different clothes were made in a range of weights and could vary greatly in quality. The more finely woven the clothes were, the more costly it would be.

3.her social standing was

The Wife was apart of the middle class of society. She had this standing because of maidenhood and due to her successful business as a seamstress.

4.her day to day life was like

her day to day life would most likely revolve around her husband: and her acting as a typical wife of the time period. Knowing this she might have had clothmaking.

5.chaucer does not include

the wife of bath has the longest prologue: this descibes his interest in her character himself seeing as how she is one of the most developed. physical description that supports her personality and in detail describes her lifestyle and her feelings about it.
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prologue describing your character

she is well traveled she weres bright colors. her shoes had to be soft and new. she seeen many strange places in her journey she had a lot of husbands she married them all for love expect for the fifth one she married him for love.

Which lines in the prologue best describe your character’s physical appearance?

her face and body features; how she has wide gap-teeth, large hips, bold handsome red face, is somewhat deaf, and has a flowing mantle. As lines 463-464, 466-467, and 480- 481 best illustrate her apparel; her handkerchiefs made of fine cloth, red stockings, new shoes, and her large hat.

Which lines describe his/her personality

Wife of Bath is good at clothmaking, thinks herself second to none as qualifying as a wife to any other woman, married five times, has been with many people in her life, likes to travel, likes to have fun, and is experienced when it comes to men and love. In lines 457-458, 459-62, 469-471, 477, 484

Which specific words add to your understanding of the character’s personality?

other company in youth", "gap-teeth", " knew the remedies for love... art in which she knew the oldest dances", "making cloth. she bettered those of Ypres"

spelling variations from middle to modern English

1.gap-teeth: sign of boldness

2. ypres and ghent: wool trade

3. apothecaries: pharmacists

4. reeve: serf who was the steward of a manor.

5. in arrears: behind scedule in repaying debt

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What is Chaucer’s opinion toward this character

Chaucer has a good opinion of the Wife of Bath. The fact that he describes her as "worthy" and "bold" which are positive characteristics. Callling her "gap-teethed" would be an insult in modern day.Chaucer's deft characterization of her as a brassy, bawdy woman the very antithesis of virtuous womanhood who challenges the prevailing antifeminism of the times

What specific lines or words tell you this

line 455 A worthy woman rom beside Bath city was with us somwhat deaf, which was a pity. this shows that chaucers liked her.

What word choices require an understanding of vocabulary from the time period?

Parish a local church community. I think that the purpose of chaucer useing the the wife of bath is to show this time period from a women who lived in that time period.