The Canterbury Tales By Geoffrey Chaucer

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“The Canterbury Tales” was written in 1392 around the time of the Hundred Years’ War by Geoffrey Chaucer and published in 1475. Originally written in Middle English, it is an assortment of stories told during a springtime pilgrimage taken by twenty nine travelers who were in route to the shrine of the martyr Saint Thomas Becket in Canterbury. The narrator, Chauncey, allows the readers to be put inside the minds of the people of that time. These tales appear to be about the fleshly fantasies and sexual enjoyment of humanity even during the 14th and 15th century during a time that certain conversations be kept secret or only within marriages. The Knight tells of a story centered on enemy Theban soldiers –Arcite and Palamon- whose punishment for killing Athenian soldiers was to be locked away for life in an Athenian tower. One day, they both fall in love with a woman they spotted in the garden named Emelye. She had a typical appearance of a young, virgin girl as it was described, “…Walking through the garden at sunrise, singing like an angel and gathering flowers to make a garland that she could wear. She wore fresh new clothes, and her blond hair was tied in a single braid about a yard long down her back” lines 180-186. Keep in mind it had been many years that they were locked away before ever seeing Emelye for the first time. So were the men in true love or simply the longing to be with a woman again? Love can be defined in many ways, but there are two types that Arcite and
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