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The Canterbury Tales written by Geoffrey Chaucer around 1386 is a collection of tale told by pilgrims on a religious pilgrimage Three of these tales The Knights Tale The Wife of Baths Tale and The Franklins Tale involve different kinds of love and different love relationships Some of the loves are based on nobility some are forced and some are based on mutual respect for each partner My idea of love is one that combines aspects from each of the tales told in The Canterbury Tales In The Knights Tale the love between the two knights and Emily is intensely powerful The love that Palomon and Arcite feel towards Emily is so strong that the two knights feel that it is worth more than life At one point Palomon says to Arcite Though I have no weapon here either you shall die or you shall not love Emily The love that Palomon feels for Emily is so overwhelming that he is willing to take on an armed man in mortal combat just for the love of a woman Perhaps he feels that without her he will surely die so why not die trying to win her The ironic fact about the relationship between the two knights and Emily is that Emily does not wish to marry either of the knights she expresses this in a prayer to Diana the goddess of chaste Well you know that I desire to be a maiden all my life I never want to be either a beloved or a wife This is so ironic because Arcite and Palomon are about to kill each other for her love and she doesnt want to beloved by either of them She enjoys the thrills of maiden hood too much to have them ended by marriage While all this is going on no one stops to think that neither
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