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Literature regardless of its genre revolved around a popular theme during the medieval times Writers tended to make courtly love an important aspect of the plots of their works Good examples are Chaucers The Millers Tale and its counterpart De Frances Guigemar He uses the importance of class hierarchy as a main element of courtly love whereas she uses love as a driving force on the journey to it Contrary to writers of his time Chaucer used average middle class characters to depict the courtly love tradition rather than nobility Moreover the lover is the counterpart of the traditional knight Absalom is the local parish clerk that fancies Alison and woos her in her husbands presence John the Carpenter is present throughout the story but does nothing to stop him De France however portrays the lovers alone and the King absent till they are discovered In both scenarios the authors portray the rightness of extra-marital affairs and the main difference being the level of the husbands jealousy Johns jealously of Alison is not as great as that of the Kings regarding his wife He is aware of all of Absaloms doings yet leaves him and allows Nicholas a poor astronomy student to be near Alison However in Guigemar the king is extremely jealous of his young wife and locks her up in a tower He allows no one near her except a priest who has lost his lower members Love is a powerful force in both these stories It is not only the driving force behind the characters actions but it also causes them physical affliction Chaucer uses the characters of Absalom and Nicholas to portray this Absaloms love for Alison keeps him awake at night and his attempts at winning her love are more traditionally romantic He sings under her window sends her gifts and even money to try to earn her love whereas Nicholas professes his love to
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