In what ways can the speakers in the Canterbury Tales be considered interesting speakers?

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The speakers in the Canterbury Tales are interesting to me because they all portray their personalities in their own stories.  There is a specific tone of voice within each story that helps us to understand the storyteller better.  Each storyteller brings with him or her the experience of the life they lead, or have led up until the time of the Pilgrimage.  It is a great talent for one author to incorporate different voices into one combined effort or project.  It is logical and clever that Chaucer used highly elevated language, depth and length when writing the Knight's tale as opposed to the lower, trashy humor and plot of the Miller's tale.  All of the characters who speak in between both of these tales are cleverly sketched in language to fit their life's situation.

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