Comparing Love In The Canterbury Tales

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Love in The Knight's Tale, Wife of Bath's Tale, and Franklin's Tale

The Canterbury Tales, written by Geoffrey Chaucer around 1386, is a

collection of tales told by pilgrims on a religious pilgrimage. Three of these

tales; "The Knight's Tale", "The Wife of Bath's Tale", and "The Franklin's 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
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When Palomon and Arcite are in jail

Palomon says, " The Beauty of the lady whom I see wandering yonder in the garden

is the cause of all my cries and woes." This is not something That I would want

to base my ideal love on. These two knights are willing to risk their lives for

the love of this woman, whom they have never even met. For all they know she

could be the most annoying person on earth. In that case they would be risking

their lives, only to spend the rest of it with a beautiful and extremely

annoying woman.

In "The Wife of Bath's Tale" A knight is forced to marry a wretched old

woman to avoid death. The knight and the old woman do not get along well, and

when the old woman suggests that she can make things better, the knight responds

saying, " Corrected? . . . It will never be corrected! You are so loathsome and

old." A love relationship such as this could never last because their is no

attraction, physical or mental. A major factor in love is physical attraction

between the two partners, here their is no attraction. Two people cannot love

each other if they can't stand to be around each other. The knight can hardly bare

to look at his wife, let alone sleep with her.

Despite the fact that the knight despises her, the old woman persists on

getting the knight to love her, which
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