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What were The Canterbury Tales often subtitled? Why?

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vivi33 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 27, 2007 at 9:41 PM via web

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What were The Canterbury Tales often subtitled? Why?

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hhaeger | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted September 28, 2007 at 1:42 AM (Answer #1)

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The Canterbury Tales is an unfinished work.  Because it is unfinished, there is difficulty in analyzing or approaching this work as a whole.  Since Chaucer wrote each "chapter" focused on a different pilgrim, it is easy to look at the Tales as a collection of short stories.  The subtitles refer to the individual stories within the collection.

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