Essay heading: 'The Pilgrimage Itself Is, After All, Was A Social As Well As Religious Event'. What Evidence Do We Find In The 'General Prologue' To The Canterbury Tales, That Chaucer Wished To Examine The Social Reality Of His Time From Many Different Perspect...

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Through working in customs he would have interacted with all classes of society. Mann said “granting that Chaucer is neither particularly topical nor particularly historical, in certain respects he is nevertheless profoundly social.” While on first glance the Canterbury Tales appears to be an attempt to accurately portray a cross section of medieval society, it is not an exact historical account of the peoples and issues of his day...
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However through his highly idealised fictional characters Chaucer directly and indirectly exposes some of the social values and norms of medieval society. He achieves this by bringing together a wide cross section of society in a pilgrimage to Canterbury. His citizens range from knights to farmers and include both the clergy and middle class...
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