What Is The Courtly Love In The Knight's Tale

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In “The Knight’s Tale”, we are told the story of two young knights who are found among the bodies of his allies after the destruction of Creon’s forces. The knights, Arcita and Palamon, are sent to dwell in prison by Theseus. In their imprisonment, the knights fall madly in love for Emelye, whom they have observed wandering around the premises. Theseus, realizing the developing quarrel, decides the only way to settle the dispute for Emelye’s hand is by organizing a tournament between the former friends. This enchantment will prove to be the cause of a series of unfortunate events as both knights battle for Emelye’s love.

Thus, “The Knight’s Tale” has all the essentials necessary to be classified as a romance: strong knights willing to fight against each other for their beloved one, who is in turn a beautiful and most noble lady.
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And furthermore, as Arcita too is charmed by the girl’s grace. The dispute that soon ensues between both equals appears to fit with the belief that a love of poor value was to be easily attained while a prized love required of more effort to be conquered. Because Emelye’s love is deemed as valuable it is only logical that both knights should be willing to fight for it.

The knights, realizing they have fallen for the same woman begin arguing with each other over who was first to perceive the lady’s beauty. With the most ridiculous of accusations, both claim to be more deserving of her love than their equal. Moreover, the tale becomes almost laughable as Arcita and Palamon come to the realization that neither one of them is capable of obtaining Emelye’s love. Being confined for the rest of their lives with no hopes of ransom, the verbal quarrel that had ensued proved to be merely worthless to its intended

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