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The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer is a collection of stories told by a group of pilgrims on their way to Thomas a Beckets tomb in Canterbury Throughout the stories women are often portrayed in two opposing ways The women in these tales are either depicted as pristine and virginal or as cunning and deceitfulFirst women are described as being pristine and virginal This type of woman is always beautiful and has men vying for her affections However she is so pure that it seems she is unattainable She is not treated like a real person and people never ask her what she wants This virginal woman is captured in the character of Emily in The Knights Tale Emily who is described by the author as radiant and serene 32 enchants two cousins and cause them to argue over her Palamon is so love-struck that he states Woman or Goddess which I cannot say 32 He doesnt even know her yet calls her my lady whom I love and serve 34 When Arcite is released he becomes sick because he can no longer see her He is described as Thin as a shaft as dry with nothing leftHis eyes were hollow grisly to beholdFallow his face like ashes pale and cold 39 When the cousins finally reunite Palamon claims Emily for his own once again by saying You shall not love my lady EmilyI no one else will love her 45 They are engaged in battle when the king rides by with his wife and Emily When confronted Palamon tells the king that Arcite dares love Emily 49 and that he is also in love with Emily the Bright 49 Even though Emily is sitting right there he still doesnt talk directly to her instead he tells the king Emily is herself immune to love she has seen neither of the knights nor is she aware that they have seen her much less that
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