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The Canterbury Tales

by Geoffrey Chaucer
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Whom do the pilgrims accept as their leader in the Prologue?

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The pilgrims accept the narrator, who is also named Geoffrey Chaucer , as their leader. However, it is important to note that the Geoffrey Chaucer in Canterbury Tales and the Geoffrey Chaucer the poet are not the same person. We can see that the pilgrims accept the narrator as their...

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The pilgrims accept the narrator, who is also named Geoffrey Chaucer, as their leader. However, it is important to note that the Geoffrey Chaucer in Canterbury Tales and the Geoffrey Chaucer the poet are not the same person. We can see that the pilgrims accept the narrator as their leader because the narrator introduces all of the pilgrims as they enter, in order of their status. He also serves as the leader and guides the pilgrims to Canterbury, as well as through their stories. The role of the narrator is to provide observations of the pilgrims to the audience.

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