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The Knight's Tale
Transcript of The Knight's Tale
The Knights Tale
The Knights Tale
There are two main lessons in the Knights Tale.
The first lesson is
how the best man does not always succeed in everything he does.
In the Knights Tale, Arcite wins in the battle against Palamon for Emily's hand. In the end, Palamon wins Emily's hand due to fate. Chaucer relates this to our everyday life by showing how a higher power controls our daily events.
The second moral lesson is
you get what you ask for.
Palamon claims and asks to God that he deserves the right to Emily's hand before Arcite because he saw her first. He professes this when he says, " I loved her first, and told you of my woe as to my counsel, to the one who swore too further me, as I have said before. And so, my cousin, you're bound as a knight to help me..." (lines 1146-1150).
The Knights Tale took place in Athens, Greece. The tale starts off by Theseus, a duke, sending two cousins, Palamon and Arcite, life in prison. While in prison, Palmon spots a beautiful woman named Emily. Arcite sees Emily too and falls in love with her as well. Arcite and Palamon continuously fight over her. Arcite is freed from prison, but banished from Thebes and Palamon escapes from prison. The two spot each other in the woods and fight over Emily. The duke tells the two that in they will battle against each other in 50 weeks and whoever wins will win over Emily. Theseus readies for the battles by creating a massive stadium plus three temples for the three gods, Venus, Mars, and Diana. Palamon and Arcite both receive positive signs about winning the battle and becomes very confident. The battle begins and the two fight very strongly, but Arcite wins the battle until a tragedy happens. Arcite is thrown off his horse because the god, Saturn, shakes the ground purposefully. Before Arcite dies, he told Emelye to always remember Palamon. Palamon and Emily grieve over Arcite's death, but in the end lives a happy marriage.
Summary of the Tale
- She is the prized possession and the prize of the battle between Arcite and Palamon. She is a beautiful woman, but wants to spend her life as a single woman.
He is a duke and holds all the power in the Knights tale. Theseus sends two cousins, Arcite and Palamon, to prison.
One of the prisoners, along with Palamon. He saw Emelye after Palamon, but fights over her. He technically won Emelye in the battle with Palamon, but then he died.
immediately fell in love with Emelye when he saw her through the window of the prison. Palamon lost the battle with Arcite, but Arcite dies, therefore, he happily marries Emelye.
The two armies come together and fight for the sides of Palamon and Arcite.
Palamon and Emelye end up married.
Relevance of the Tale
The relevance of this tale to today's society is
Arcite and Palamon were cousins, but love made them disloyal to one another. The two put their love interests first before thinking of their relationship they had. The two would rather kill each other for Emily than settle the conflict and be civil. If loved ones are loyal to each other they will solve problems and not go the extra mile of planning to defeat each other.
Reference to Mythology
Chaucer makes mythological references in The Knights Tale. He explains when Theseus prepares for the battle between Arcite and Palamon and Theseus creates temples for the gods.
The gods Chaucer mentions are:
Venus- is the goddess of love and beauty
Mars- god of war
Diana- god of chastity
"...he had an altar and an oratory made above the eastern gate for the worship of Venus, goddess of love. Above the western gate he had similar expensive stucture prepared in honor of Mars. And the north he had a noble rich oratory of alabaster and coral built in a turret on the walland consecrate to chaste Diana." (page 39 Canterbury Tales)
The narrator speaks in third person onmiscient point of view. He knows the feelings and thoughts of the characters. "To sum up, his grief was great, one might say that nobody ever had, has, or will have so much sorrow while the world lasts." (page 29)
The narrator also repetitively uses the word "I" to show that he is explaining the story and to make his presence feel real.
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Musser, Tom. "The Comic Side of Noble Life." An Analysis of Satire in The Knight's Tale (2008):n. pag. Lycoming. Fall 2008. Web. 22 Sept. 2014. <http://www.lycoming.edu/schemata/documents/englishlit335_fall2009issue_veryveryfinal.pdf>.
Contributions to Project
Nikki Lopez created the power point. She wrote slides about characters, summary, narrator, reference to mythology, title page, sources, background music, and inserted pictures.
Taylor Rudolph wrote the slide about moral lessons, researched and typed information on the topic of the 2 to 3 page paper.
Sarmad Kako assisted in the research of the topic of the essay, wrote the slide about the relevance of the tale, and created a works cited page.