“The Miller’s Tale” & “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” from Canterbury Tales – Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1386)
Blog posts due: Thursday, March 21
Write a post here of two paragraphs (about 200 words) discussing “The Miller’s Tale” or “The Wife of Bath’s Tale.” Choose one topic, or make your post a reply to someone else’s post.
- Is the Miller’s Tale disgusting or offensive, or just silly? Why might people find it funny?
- Do you feel sorry for John the husband, or does he get what he deserves?
- Everyone in the Miller’s Tale is punished in some way, except for Alison, who does what she wants. Is this true, or fair?
- Is there some kind of moral lesson in the Miller’s Tale?
- What is either story saying about love?
- What is the Wife of Bath saying about marriage in her tale?
- Do you agree with the Wife of Bath’s logic or arguments? Do they make sense?
- Although the Wife of Bath wins over her husband, he is still technically a rapist. Is he a sympathetic character? Do you like him?
- Is Alison or the Wife of Bath a stronger woman? What do you think Chaucer thinks of women in these stories?