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In Chaucers day women were thought of in lesser regard than men Their positions in the community were less noble and often displeasing TheCanterbury Tales written by Chaucer is about a pilgrimage to Canterbury Along with the narrator Chaucer there are 29 other Canterbury pilgrims Notsurprisingly only three of them are women the Prioress the associate of thePrioress and the Wife of Bath Each traveler is to tell two tales to make thejourney to Canterbury and back more enjoyable The Host Harry Bailey is incharge of the group and will decide what is in the best interest of them all Thusthe journey begins as do the tales Even though the times suggest women are weak and powerless overmen Chaucer has a way of showing their capabilities through the stories Although their abilities are not always positive Disguised in the form of lovestories Chaucer portrays how women easily lead men to their downfall This ismost evident in the tales told by the Knight the Miller the Franklin and theIn the Knights Tale two cousins fall for the fair Emelye They are both inlove with her after glancing at her from a prison tower Not only has Emelyesbeauty made Arcite and Palamon love her but it has made them become hostiletowards each other We strive as did the houndes for the boon - they fought allday and yet hir part was noon there came a kite while that they were sowrothe that bare away the bone bitwix hem bothe And therefore at the kingscourt my brother ech man for himself - there is non other proclaim both 104 After Arcite is banished from Athens he mourns his fate of never being able tosee Emelye again so much that his appearance drastically changes He decidesto return to Athens under a pseudonym where he will be able to see her again Meanwhile Palamon grows weak in the prison tower because he fears Arcite willreturn and capture his love Emelye
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