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Women In The Canterbury Tales The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer serves as amoral manual for the 1300s and years after Through the faults of both men and womanhe shows in each persons story what is right and wrong and how one should live Underthe surface however lies a jaded look and woman and how they cause for the downfall ofmen The Knights Tale is one of chivalry and upstanding moral behavior Howeverbeneath the surface lies the theme of the evil nature of women Emily plays the part of thebeautiful woman who captivates the hearts of two unsuspecting men Those two men arecousins Arcite and Palamon both knights who duel for Emilys hand in marriage The twostart out as the best of friends and then roommates in a jail cell that is to be shared foreternity But with one look at Emily the two start bickering instinctively and almost cometo blows over something they will never be able to have or so it seems Chaucers knackfor irony revels itself as Arcite is released from his life sentence but disallowed from evercoming back to Athens He would be killed ever caught within the city again by KingTheseus Because Arcite is doomed to never again see Emily his broken heart causes himsickness as hes weakened by love It is only after he comes up with the plan of returningto Athens under an assumed name that he starts to get better Meanwhile Palamonremains back in captivity rendered helpless due to his lifelong punishment in prison Heknows that he will never be able to talk to Emily and certainly not marry her because of hisplight All he can do is watch her from a distance and admire her beauty Arcite believesthat this is a better punishment than his though as he says O dere cosin Palamon quodhe Thyn is the victorie of this aventure Ful blisfully in prison maistow dure In prisonCertes nay but in paradys Wel hath fortuen
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