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In addition to furthering the action of the Knight

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In addition to furthering the action of the Knight's story, this section reinforces the traits of each of the  main characters. Theseus, in acquiescing to the women's pleas, illustrates that his defining trait is his  reason: Despite his own passion (anger, in this case), he is moved to rational compassion. As  absurd as the knights' behavior may be, Theseus understands it because he himself has been a  servant of love. Similarly, in his lament, Arcite illustrates that he is blind to his good fortune and  primarily embroiled in physical matters. Palamon, in demanding that both he and Arcite be killed for  their crimes, demonstrates his own willingness to live (and potentially die) by the chivalric code. The passage also highlights several conventions and customs valued by medieval society. For  example, when Arcite returns to Athens, he is "al allone, save only a squier." His condition of being 
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