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Why were they going to Canterbury in the prologue tales?

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tabita | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 21, 2007 at 2:24 AM via web

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Why were they going to Canterbury in the prologue tales?

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byanyothername | College Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted May 21, 2007 at 2:33 AM (Answer #1)

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The pilgrims are going to Canterbury to worship St. Thomas a Beckett (well, that's what they say, but it's also a trip for leisure and fun). They begin at a tavern called Tabard Inn in Southwerk. And probably left on April 17th. Originally Chaucer's plan was to have each person tell two tales on the way to Canterbury and two tales on the was back, which would equal 120 tales. However, he only completed 24 tales (understandably!).

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blacksheepunite | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted May 21, 2007 at 2:50 AM (Answer #2)

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They were on a pilgrimage. A pilgrimage is a physical journey to a holy place. It is supposed to be a spiritual event. In the prologue, Chaucer's narrative persona says:
The hooly blisful martir for to seke,
That hem hath holpen whan that they were seeke.
(They go to seek the holy blissful martyr who will help them when they were sick.)

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arjun | College Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted November 25, 2007 at 4:12 AM (Answer #3)

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They were going to perform pilgrimage to Canterbury Saint Thomas a Beckett.Besides it was a good trip in leisure.Not only this but also it was a spiritual trip leading the characters to religious eremony.

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