Forsworn and Fordone: Arcite as Oath-Breaker in the Knight's Tale

  title={Forsworn and Fordone: Arcite as Oath-Breaker in the Knight's Tale},
  author={Catherine A. Rock},
  journal={The Chaucer Review},
���� ��� Chaucer’s Knight’s Tale is a story of chivalry and of romance, a tale of two captive knights who fall in love with the same maiden, with disastrous results. Palamon and Arcite are virtually identical, yet in the end one dies and the other marries Emelye. Why does the adventure close in this seemingly arbitrary way? Does Arcite deserve to die in such a gruesome fashion? Throughout the tale both young men act, for the most part, according to the rules of chivalry. Underlying the tale… 
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