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Textual Recasting - Task 1: "The Wife of Bath"

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Textual Recasting - Task 1: "The Wife of Bath" A long time ago, there was a man. This man was a very handsome and charming man, and he was a knight in the court of King Arthur. Although he was handsome and charming, the knight wasn't always a very nice man. One day, the knight did a very bad thing. King Arthur wanted to punish the knight for the terrible thing he had done. But because the knight was very handsome and charming man, the queen and the other ladies of the court did not want him to be punished. They asked King Arthur if they could be the ones to decide what happened to the knight, and because King Arthur loved the queen he agreed. The queen and the other ladies of the court tell the knight that he can save himself from being punished, but only if he can answer their question; "what do women want the most in the world?". ...read more.


Neither the queen nor any of the other women of the court disagrees, and so they accept the knight's answer. The old woman appears at the court and makes her demand - the knight must marry her! The knight doesn't want to do this, but agrees to marry her because he promised he would repay her for helping him. On the night of their wedding, the knight and the old woman had an argument. He tells her she is old and ugly, but instead of getting upset she offers the knight one of two choices; she can either stay old and ugly and be faithful to him forever, or she can be young and beautiful and unfaithful. The knight cannot decide which one he wants, as he wouldn't be entirely happy either way. He tells his wife that she can decide. The old woman is delighted to hear this because he has let his wife have control over this decision - this is exactly what women want, to have control over their husbands. ...read more.


In order to avoid dissension, I decided to be very vague at this point of the story and say that the knight simply did a bad thing and the king wanted to punish him for it. It is most likely that young children will fill in the blanks at this point and perceive that the wrong deed committed was something they themselves see as a bad thing, like stealing or another petty crime. Because my target audience is so young, I have tried to stick to a certain type of sentence structure. I have mainly concentrated on using declarative sentences that just make simple statements - I thought that this would be best used in a children's story. Although it could be argued that using simple sentence structures would have been best for this target audience, I have been unable to do that. Instead I have used a mixture of compound and complex sentences. I am reasonably happy with this decision; had I used simple sentence structures it is most likely that the story would not have progressed. By using compound/complex sentences I am subconsciously developing the young child's understanding (well, somewhat anyway). ...read more.

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