Discussion Questions

Discussion Questions:
“The Wife of Bath’s Tale”
The Wife of Bath was married five times, and her experience with men makes her wise in the ways of love, and she often claims that it gives her authority. Does experience lend authority to someone who has a lot of it?
The main discussions in “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” is centered around marriage and sovereignty. What does the Bible say about marriage and sovereignty in Ephesians 5:22-24?
3.What challenges regarding social power were the Wife of Bath confronted within the fourteenth century. Are women still facing the same challenges or does society become more lenient and accepting?
4.The Wife of Bath tells a Greek myth about Midas and his wife. What assertion about women does the Wife of Bath support by telling the Greek myth?
5.What characteristic in “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” qualifies the story as a medieval romance and how is it ironic?
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
How does the final confrontation at the green Chapel between The Green Knight and Sir Gawain highlight the tension between Jesus and the Pharisees in the Bible?
In the poem is the green sash a symbol of Sir Gawain’s imperfections of human nature? Explain.

Honor is one of the chivalric ideals in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. During the medieval times being honorable was defined to defend your faith and defend your king, would you define being honorable the same today?
Who is the Green Knight? What was the purpose of the charade and how does it explain him being green?
Sir Gawain is tempted three times by the Lord’s wife in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. How does this relate to Jesus in the Bible?

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