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  • EXPOSITION
  • CONFLICT
  • RISING ACTION
  • While returning from a victory in battle with his prizes Hippolyta and Emelye, Theseus, the Duke of Athens, is asked to resolve a conflict with Creon, the King of Thebes. He wins two hostages, Palamon and Arcite, and locks them in a tower.
  • CLIMAX
  • Arcite and Palamon see Emelye in the garden outside of their tower, and instantly fall in love with her.
  • FALLING ACTION
  • Arcite is set free and Palamon escapes. They both cannot leave Athens for long without being drawn back to Emelye. They challenge each other to a duel and are discovered by Theseus, who plans a final tournament for them a year hence, between each man and their respective armies.
  • RESOLUTION
  • Both men ask for help from the gods before the battle, which causes a conflict between Mars and Venus. Jupiter, the king of the gods, resolves this by having Arcite win the battle, but being thrown from his horse and gravely injured.
  • On his deathbed, Arcite tells Emelye that she should marry Palamon, a worthy knight.
  • All of Athens grieves for Arcite’s death, and then Palamon and Emelye are married in a joyous ceremony, which Theseus arranges.
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