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The Marriage group is a grouping of four tales of The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer. The Wife of Bath's Tale, The Clerk's Tale, The Merchant's Tale and The Franklin's Tale which deals with the subject marriage, often considered to be antifeminist in nature. The classification was first proposed by George Lyman Kittredge.

The Wife of Bath's Tale is often considered to be the first of this so-called "marriage group", to which also belong The Clerk's Tale, The Merchant's Tale and The Franklin's Tale. Some historians dispute this classification introduced by George Lyman Kittredge, because the later The Tale of Melibee and The Nun's Priest's Tale are concerned with the same themes.



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