A Tale of Experience: The Wife of Bath’s Tale


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Essay #: 059189
Total text length is 9,000 characters (approximately 6.2 pages).

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A Tale of Experience: The Wife of Bath’s Tale
Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales is complex mosaic of voices and perspectives – complimenting and contrasting against one another. Not only, however, do the distinct voices of separate characters conflict, but so too do the individual voices. Each individual character’s own history must be contrasted against the tale they tell: only when this is done is it possible to gather a complete portrait. One cannot stand without the other. This of course also applies to the Wife of Bath, recognized as one of the more dynamic and complex characters of The Canterbury Tales; and the words that she speaks of that apply directly to herself are revealing when linked to the subject matter of her tale....
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.....of antiquity and contemporary times).
Initially, the essay suggested that the image of the weaver was an appropriate one for the Wife of Bath. She is certainly a talented woman, able to combine fabrics and more abstract qualities. Perhaps the image of the weaver may be applied more generally to The Canterbury Tales. The tales combine conflicting characters, motives, and experiences into one of the acknowledged classics of the English language. Chaucer is to be seen as a weaver in his own right: not of fabric: and perhaps not even of words: but instead, experience and textual knowledge. This reveals, in a large part, why The Canterbury Tales remains his masterpiece.
Works Cited
Chaucer, Geoffrey. The Canterbury Tales. New York: Bantam, 2006.