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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 The Canterbury Tales written by Chaucer is about a pilgrimage to Canterbury Along with the narrator Chaucer there are 29 other Canterbury pilgrims Not surprisingly only three of them are women the Prioress the associate of the Prioress and the Wife of Bath Each traveler is to tell two tales to make the journey to Canterbury and back more enjoyable The Host Harry Bailey is in charge of the group and will decide what is in the best interest of them all Thus the journey begins as do the tales Even though the times suggest women are weak and powerless over men Chaucer has a way of showing their capabilities through the stories Although their abilities are not always positive Disguised in the form of love stories Chaucer portrays how women easily lead men to their downfall This is most evident in the tales told by the Knight the Miller the Franklin and the Nuns Priest In the Knights Tale two cousins fall for the fair Emelye They are both in love with her after glancing at her from a prison tower Not only has Emelyes beauty made Arcite and Palamon love her but it has made them become hostile towards each other We strive as did the houndes for the boon - they fought all day and yet hir part was noon there came a kite while that they were so wrothe that bare away the bone bitwix hem bothe And therefore at the kings court 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 to see Emelye again so much that his appearance drastically changes He decides to return to Athens under a pseudonym where
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