posted by Grayson on .
I have to write an analytical essay discussing how Chaucer's Wife of Bath's Tale and Prolgue present the complex interaction of body and spirit. And I am struggling on a good thesis.
From the text, I know that she definitely indulges in the bodily, as she constantly defends her sexual desires. However, I don't know how this can be tied to the spirit. She seems like a very clear character to me---she values the physical.
Hold on while I re-read this part of the Tales.
Read different parts here, too, as well as various notes about this tale.
Here are some more sources of translations and notes by various scholars:
I'd stick with one of the primary themes already identified in this - in fact, I'd probably go with a focus on the "magical" influences (can also be referred to as the "loathly lady" theme) or perhaps the dominance that Alisoun wants in marriage (not to be ruled by her husband).
Do you need ideas about how to write a thesis statement in the first place?