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Theseus is the king of Athens, 4 women cry in front of him mourning the loss of their husbands that were killed in the siege by Thebes and their bodies were not cremated, so Theseus decides to march on into Thebes to conquer. He comes across two wounded soldiers from Thebes and holds them prisoner (Palamon and Arcite). Years later, Palamon sees Emily, Theseus’ sister in law, and he falls in love with her. Arcite sees Emily too and immediately falls in love with her as well. They argue about her until they realize that it’s pointless since they’re never going to be released from prison. One day, a friend of both Arcite and Palamon asks Theseus to release Arcite. Theseus agrees but Arcite may never enter Athens again. Palamon thinks Arcite may siege Athens and take Emily by force. Who is worse off: Palamon for seeing Emily every day but never getting to talk to her, or Arcite for being free, but never being able to set foot in Athens again to see Emily?
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