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Chaucer begins the Prologue with a beautiful announcement of spring This introduction is the voice of the Poet polished elegant and finished He tells us that just as Nature has a predictable course through the seasons so does human nature follow a seasonal pattern which causes people to want to break out of winters confinement and go traveling in the spring Thus the stage is set for Chaucer who is the Narrator of this poem Twenty-nine travelers meet at the Tabard Inn in London before undertaking a journey to the Shrine of St Thomas Becket in Canterbury The group is assembling as Chaucer arrives and as he observes the group and interacts with some of them he decides that he will join their party From his vantage point as anonymous Narrator Chaucer describes the scene and the pilgrims as they arrive In the prologue The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer is about the pilgrimage of many different characters to Canterbury Chaucer writes about the characters personalities and their place on the social ladder In discussing Chaucers collection of stories called The Canterbury Tales an interesting picture or illustration of the Medieval Christian Church is presented However while people demanded more voice in the affairs of government the church became corrupt -- this corruption also led to a more crooked society Nevertheless there is no such thing as just church history this is because the church can never be studied in isolation simply because it has always related to the social economic and political context of the day In history then there is a two way process where the church has an influence on the rest of society and of course society influences the church This is naturally because it is the people from a society who make up the church Moreover those same people became the personalities that created these tales of a pilgrimage to Canterbury The Host He
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