Essay on the Knights Tale

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Discuss Questions The Knights Tale. 1. Do you admire Palamon and Arcite for sacrificing everything, including their friendship, to pursue Emily? Or, like Theseus, do you think it's sort of stupid? 2. Are Palamon and Arcite two different characters, or the same character in two different bodies? 3. Why is Emily the only character whose prayer to the gods is not granted.

The Canterbury Tales: The Knight's Tale Theme of love and order that is combined
"The Knight's Tale" shows what happens when the rules of two different systems – chivalry and courtly love – come into conflict with one another. Palamon and Arcite have sworn a knightly oath to be loyal to one another, but they both fall in love with the same girl. The problem is,
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But the placement of this metaphor next to very literal (and sometimes gory) deaths brings out the similarities between these two kinds of death in an original way.
1. How do these characters feel about Dying? Powerless, scared 2. What does death symbolize to these characters? The unknown where they do not have the power.
The Canterbury Tales: The Knight's Tale Theme of Suffering
In "The Knight's Tale," suffering takes multiple forms, both physical and mental. Palamon and Arcite suffer a lot from their love for Emily. Their love afflicts them like an illness, or an arrow that pierces them through the eyes and stabs its way into their hearts. (Hey, don't look at us like that. That's how the narrator describes it.) At various points, both men declare that they are suffering so much "wo" for love that they think they're going to die.
It's not just our two heroes that suffer, though. Other, lesser characters suffer too. There's the lamenting women whose husbands' bodies Creon refuses to bury, not to mention all of the people of Athens, who scratch their faces and tear out their hair when they hear of Arcite's death.
In most cases, characters in "The Knight's Tale" express their mental anguish physically, by comparing it to illness or physical wounds, or by actually wounding their bodies (the face-scratching and hair-pulling would fall into this category). In this way, "The Knight's Tale" points out that
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