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Role of Women in Canterbury Tales The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer serves as a moral manual for the 1300s and years after Through the faults of both men and woman he shows in each persons story what is right and wrong and how one should live Under the surface however lies a jaded look and woman and how they cause for the downfall of men The Knights Tale is one of chivalry and upstanding moral behavior However beneath the surface lies the theme of the evil nature of women Emily plays the part of the beautiful woman who captivates the hearts of two unsuspecting men Those two men are cousins Arcite and Palamon both knights who duel for Emilys hand in marriage The two start out as the best of friends and then roommates in a jail cell that is to be shared for eternity But with one look at Emily the two start bickering instinctively and almost come to blows over something they will never be able to have or so it seems Chaucers knack for irony revels itself as Arcite is released from his life sentence but disallowed from ever coming back to Athens He would be killed ever caught within the city again by King Theseus Because Arcite is doomed to never again see Emily his broken heart causes him sickness as hes weakened by love It is only after he comes up with the plan of returning to Athens under an assumed name that he starts to get better Meanwhile Palamon remains back in captivity rendered helpless due to his lifelong punishment in prison He knows that he will never be able to talk to Emily and certainly not marry her because of his plight All he
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