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Unformatted text preview: As​ ​with​ ​past​ ​presentations,​ ​you​ ​are​ ​responsible​ ​to​ ​prepare​ ​a​ ​close​ ​reading (examining​ ​a​ ​poetic​ ​device,​ ​syntax,​ ​diction,​ ​elements​ ​of​ ​satire,​ ​allusion,​ ​etc.)​ ​of​ ​one section​ ​of​ ​your​ ​choice.​ ​Before​ ​you​ ​conduct​ ​that​ ​close​ ​reading,​ ​you​ ​must​ ​summarize the​ ​section​ ​to​ ​the​ ​best​ ​of​ ​your​ ​ability. Duke​ ​Theseus​ ​returns​ ​from​ ​overthrowing​ ​Scythia​ ​(sigh-te-a)​ ​with​ ​his​ ​new​ ​wife, Hippolyta​ ​(hip-pa-la-ta),​ ​and​ ​her​ ​sister,​ ​Emily.​ ​Outside​ ​Athens,​ ​he​ ​meets​ ​a​ ​band​ ​of weeping​ ​women​ ​and​ ​learns​ ​that​ ​the​ ​tyrant​ ​(tie-rint)​ ​Creon​ ​(cre-in)​ ​has​ ​murdered their​ ​husbands​ ​and​ ​dishonors​ ​the​ ​dead​ ​by​ ​leaving​ ​them​ ​unburied.​ ​Theseus​ ​goes​ ​and overthrows​ ​Creon.​ ​After​ ​the​ ​fighting,​ ​his​ ​army​ ​finds​ ​two​ ​young​ ​knights​ ​(Palamon and​ ​Arcite)​ ​and​ ​decides​ ​to​ ​take​ ​them​ ​as​ ​prisoners.​ ​Their​ ​prison​ ​cell​ ​is​ ​in​ ​a​ ​tower​ ​of Theseus’s​ ​castle​ ​which​ ​overlooks​ ​the​ ​garden.​ ​Palamon​ ​wakes​ ​up​ ​one​ ​May​ ​morning and​ ​sees​ ​from​ ​his​ ​cell​ ​window​ ​a​ ​beautiful​ ​young​ ​woman​ ​walking​ ​in​ ​the​ ​courtyard. She​ ​is​ ​Emily,​ ​the​ ​sister​ ​of​ ​Theseus’s​ ​wife​ ​Hippolyta.​ ​He​ ​falls​ ​in​ ​love​ ​with​ ​her​ ​at first​ ​sight.​ ​Arcite,​ ​hearing​ ​his​ ​love-sick​ ​moan,​ ​also​ ​wakes​ ​up​ ​and,​ ​seeing​ ​Emily from​ ​the​ ​window,​ ​he​ ​also​ ​falls​ ​instantly​ ​in​ ​love​ ​with​ ​her.​ ​The​ ​two​ ​friends,​ ​now rivals​ ​in​ ​love,​ ​begin​ ​to​ ​loathe​ ​each​ ​other.​ ​One​ ​day,​ ​Theseus’s​ ​friend​ ​Perotheus (pa-row-te-is) pleads​ ​on​ ​Arcite’s​ ​behalf,​ ​because​ ​they​ ​are​ ​friends,​ ​to​ ​have​ ​him​ ​released​ ​from prison​ ​on​ ​condition​ ​that​ ​he​ ​doesn’t​ ​return​ ​to​ ​Athens.​ ​He​ ​leaves​ ​Athens​ ​but​ ​then, after​ ​two​ ​years​ ​in​ ​Thebes,​ ​he​ ​decides​ ​to​ ​come​ ​back​ ​in​ ​disguise​ ​to​ ​see​ ​Emily. He​ ​also​ ​satirizes​ ​romance​ ​stories,​ ​by​ ​exaggerating​ ​the​ ​ups​ ​and​ ​downs​ ​and​ ​different emotions.​ ​At​ ​one​ ​moment​ ​Arcite​ ​and​ ​Palamon​ ​are​ ​so​ ​happy​ ​to​ ​be​ ​in​ ​love​ ​with Emily,​ ​at​ ​the​ ​next​ ​they​ ​turn​ ​depressed​ ​because​ ​they​ ​will​ ​never​ ​be​ ​with​ ​her,​ ​and then​ ​next​ ​angry​ ​at​ ​the​ ​other​ ​for​ ​both​ ​being​ ​in​ ​love​ ​with​ ​her. The​ ​author’s​ ​attitude​ ​suggests​ ​the​ ​idea​ ​that​ ​people​ ​may​ ​only​ ​fall​ ​in​ ​love​ ​with​ ​the concept/idea​ ​of​ ​love;​ ​Arcite​ ​and​ ​Palamon​ ​don’t​ ​even​ ​know​ ​Emily,​ ​yet​ ​they​ ​claim they​ ​are​ ​in​ ​love​ ​with​ ​her. (pg​ ​36) Arcite​ ​weeps​ ​and​ ​wails​ ​and​ ​moans​ ​and​ ​groans​ ​and​ ​feels​ ​super​ ​sorry​ ​for​ ​himself.​ ​He curses​ ​that​ ​day​ ​he​ ​was​ ​born​ ​and​ ​that​ ​he​ ​ever​ ​met​ ​Perotheus.​ ​He's​ ​sure​ ​that​ ​being banished​ ​from​ ​Athens​ ​is​ ​worse​ ​than​ ​being​ ​in​ ​prison.​ ​The​ ​tower​ ​prison​ ​was​ ​actually paradise.​ ​He's​ ​even​ ​jealous​ ​of​ ​Palamon,​ ​because​ ​Palamon​ ​can​ ​still​ ​lay​ ​eyes​ ​on​ ​the beautiful​ ​Emily.​ ​He​ ​curses​ ​fate.​ ​He​ ​feels​ ​like​ ​he​ ​was​ ​an​ ​idiot​ ​to​ ​wish ...
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