Our husbands have been killed in war by Creon. Please help us!
Ladies, why are you crying? I will help you!
We're stuck here forever!
For the rest of our days, we will be prisoners.
Sorry bro, I love her too.
What do you mean you LOVE her too?
Theseus is riding home from conquering other cities. He runs into weeping widows who claim their husbands have been killed by Creon in battle. Swayed by the crying woman, Theseus decides to help them, going on to conquer Thebes.
I am stuck here alone watching her for the rest of eternity!
I won't be able to see Emily ever again!
After conquering Thebes, Theseus captures two knights: Arcite and Palamon. Taking them as prisoner, he places in a tower for the rest of their life.
Stuck in the prison tower, Palamon one day spots Emily, Theseus's sister in law. He instantly falls in love with her. Telling Arcite, he ends up instantly falling in love as well. They begin to argue over her but decide nothing can be done because they're stuck in prison for eternity.
May the best man win!
Moving forward, the two knights continue to love Emily while in prison. One day, Arcite is released from prison, only to be excommunicated from ever entering Athens ever again. Palamon is still stuck in prison, watching Emily everyday.
As time passes, Arcite's physical appearance changes drastically. 7 years later, Arcite returns to Athens as a new person and finds a new job. Around the same time, Palamon escapes from prison.
Arcite and Palamon end up meeting each other in a grove, argue with one another, and then decide to battle to solve the argument on who gets to have Emily!