Arcite and Palamon are the main characters in “The Knight’s Tale” and they both play very important parts in the story. These two men have similar traits but different personalities and methods for accomplishing tasks. Arcite and Palamon are cousins, who are so close, that they consider themselves, and even swear an oath stating that they are brothers. Their brotherly pact, as strong as it may seem, is still helpless against the powers of love. In “The Knight 's Tale”, similarities and differences between Arcite and Palamon are evident when they fall in love with the same person, how they behave after they leave prison, and what they pray for and how the prayers are answered.
Palamon recognizes his just penalty and does not argue against it. After Arcite is wounded during the tournament and he becomes aware of his impending death, he calls Emily and Palamon to his side. After bemoaning his fate, Arcite turns to Emily with these words: “If you are ever to be a wife, forget not Palamon, the gentle man.” (Chaucer 1939) By the time Arcite dies, he and Palamon have no more quarrels between them. He died and lived with honor just as Palamon
The Knight is the first of all the pilgrims to share his unique tale. In his story, inmates Palamon and Arcite love Emily, but they hate each other. Dramatic irony occurs after Arcite’s prison release, when he works in disguise for Emily's family. Palamon escapes the jail and finds Arcite on Emily's property. The two men pray to Greek gods for Emily's love and hand in marriage, but Emily secretly prays to stay single until she finds true love.
One day, however, one of the knights, Palamon, awakes to observe a beautiful girl. The other knight, Arcite, catches a glimpse of the same girl as a result of Palamon’s reactions. The two claim that they are deeply in love with the girl, whose name is Emily. This eventually drives the two former best friends apart until they hate each other so much that they can no longer bear to be in the same place. They eventually abscond the prison in different ways (one of the Knights escapes, the other one is set free).
In “Flowers for Algernon” Charlies says “I 'm in love with Miss.Kinnian!” on pg.234. This shows us that Charlie 's relationship with Miss.Kinnian means more to Charlie than Miss.Kinnian wants to believe. Also with with another relationship that Charlie has been with his “friends”. Charlie has 2 “friends”
While Alison and her interactions with Nicholas and Absalon contain vulgar and obscene language, Emily’s interaction with Palamon and Arcite takes on a much less informal tone. The use of gods and their influence on love is not apparent at all with Alison in the Miller’s Tale. Instead, her interactions involve fate and events that are often portrayed in a casual and joking manner. In the Knight's Tale, the influence that the gods have on love suggest that the Knight’s view of love is that of a high class individual. In contrast, the Miller’s tale suggest that the Miller views love in the context of a lower class and in that sense has a completely different idea of a relationship.
To properly examine these two prominent figures of mythology, they must be properly compared and contrasted as they will be in the following paragraphs. First off, the similarities of both Hermes and Coyote in regards to the role of a Hero in their respective cultures will
The chorus tells how “not even the deathless gods can flee [love’s] onset” (884) and that love is “throned in power, side-by-side with the mighty laws” (892). Love is a power older than the gods and as mighty as the natural laws which govern our universe. To fight it would be futile for, love is “never conquered in battle” (879) and of this conflict it will “alone be the victor” (890). Creon is attempting to fight love, to fight Antigone and her overwhelming need to bury her brother. Love existed long before Creon was born, before the city of Thebes was even built, and it will exist long after Creon dies and Thebes
Antigone is described as not being able to “bend before adversity” while Haimon tells Creon “You’ve seen trees by raging winter torrent, how many sway and flow and salvage every twig, but not the stubborn, they’re ripped out, roots and all.” This use of parallels between the two characters helps the audience realize the similarities and suggests that neither are completely in the wrong. These similarities also make the play slightly more tragic, as both characters are so alike and yet cause each other’s downfall. In addition, this metaphor of the tree being destroyed by an unstoppable force of nature could mean that the true villain of the tragedy is fate itself rather than any of the two main characters, as it is the one thing in the play that cannot be changed or broken. This foreshadowing helps show the reader the path that Creon and Antigone have each chosen brings them to what their fate is. They both have the same flaw, and this means they are both equally guilty of creating their fate the end of the play.
Polynice betrayed his brother Eteocle when he did not want to cede the throne of Tebas, they died fighting each other and Creón became king of Tebas. He considered that Polynice did not deserve to be interred and he would punish who tried to do it. Making reference to the play, the first act describes with clarity what each of the two sisters, Antigone and Ismene, understand about power and justice. The discussion that they have is about to bury their brother Polynice or not. The position of Ismene (the oldest sister) is noticeably submissive, and obedient, even if she think the same as her sister, she believe that the correct thing is to do what her uncle is told because is the man, the leader, the king, he is who have the power, and the role of women is just to be married, be quiet and loyal.