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The Merchants Tale and The Franklins Tale tell about the marriages of two couples In both tales the manner by which marriage occurs differs between each couple Furthermore the exertion of control over the wives in the tales is also different in each story Moreover the loyalty of the wives to their husbands varies greatly between the wives in each tale In spite of these numerous alterities the stories both share the theme of sexuality These tales serve to convey Chaucers misogamistic and chauvinistic attitudes The manner by which marriage occurs between each couple is quite different in the tales And when his friends saw that it needs must be They made a careful marriage-treaty She The girl agreed upon whose name was May And with the smallest possible delay Was to be married to this January 362 In The Merchants Tale the lusty and elderly noble January does not go through any courting with his future wife Instead his marriage with May is arranged under contract there was a knight enthralled To love who served his lady with his best In many a toilsome enterprise and quest Suffering much for here ere she was won 409 The Franklins Tale portrays an honorable knight who marries Dorigen his lady after courting her for some time where he earns her love in serving her passionately The ways the men in the tales exert control over their wives differ as well in The Merchants Tale and The Franklins Tale Save that the ineradicable sting Of jealousy embittered everything For so outrageous are the thoughts it rouses That neither when at home nor in the houses Of his acquaintance no nor anywhere Would he allow his wife to take the air Unless his hand were on her day and night 379 January worries that May will engage in extramarital relations As a result his jealousy consumes him and he is possessive over her to such an extent
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