DO NOT USE OUTSIDE SOURCES ONLY THE TEXT REQUIRED FOR THE ESSAY
— Note the later due date.
— Grading criteria is the same as the one applied to your first essay. Be sure to (a) include a concise and arguable thesis, (b) develop a close reading of the text, and (c) always ground your arguments and observations in specific examples from the text (i.e., back up your claims with evidence).
— Papers must be 4-5 pages in length (1500-2000 words), double-spaced and carefully proofread.
— Your essay need not draw on secondary sources as initially indicated in the syllabus.
— Your essay need not employ a comparative approach as initially indicated in the syllabus (unless specifically mentioned in the prompt).
— Citations from plays should be given as follows: Edmund exclaims, “I would fain think it were not” (1.2.65-66), which means (Act. Scene. Line)
— Use MLA format.
Choose one of the following topics:
1. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue opens with “experience” and “auctoritee.” Write an essay where you explore how the concepts of “experience” and “authority” operate in the Wife’s Prologue and/or Tale. Be sure to support your analysis with relevant passages from Chaucer’s text.