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Imagine a fire in your chest that so violently burns as bottomless and blistering as Satans lair only to be caused by a razor-sharp dagger tacitly resembling love that pierces skin and bone and finally ends up centered in your heart I can only imagine that this is the pain that Palamon and his cousin Arcita endure as they first set their eyes on Queen Hippolytas sister Emily as she gracefully paces in the garden outside their dark and lonely prison With this horrible burden of not being able to love that the bold knights mutually share we are left to decide who amongst the two is in a more troublesome scenario Each of knights in Chaucers The Knights Tale is presented with a most unfair situation in the complex world of love How they act in response to their restricted love reveals a wealth of information about each knight worth comparing and contrasting and about the irony of how each cousin would rather have been dealt the others cards and trade places with one another The two knights Palamon and Arcita are conveniently set up to lay their eyes upon a fairytale princess Emily and immediately fall in love with her These knights hold many similarities and many differences that in each of their cases cause them to go to extremes to get to the one that they so dearly love At first they both play with fire by calling each other a traitor and bickering back and forth over who deserves her It is clear in the reading that Palamon is first to set eyes on Emily but Arcita insists on loving her as well After Arcita compares their fight between them to two dogs fighting over a bone he says Its each man for himself and not for other Love if you like for I love and aye shall Chaucer pg 35 This quote shows that even though Arcita knows that Palamon
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