Among the Canterbury pilgrims we see varying versions of, and motivations for, friendship, ranging from similar interests to greed to obligations of friendship that are very different from those of today. All of these versions of friendship reflect upon the ultimate friendship in The Canterbury Tales, the fellowship of pilgrims on their way to Canterbury. One of the Host's main goals is to keep the pilgrims in a state of easy fellowship with one another, which is why, in the course of the pilgrimage, questions arise about the proper behavior of a fellowship. Should members of fellowship engage in debate? How should they solve conflicts between members? And can just anyone belong to a fellowship? The conflicts that arise between the pilgrims as they travel suggest that, of all the ways one might make one's way to Canterbury, in "felaweshipe" is the most difficult of all.
The Canterbury Tales give an example of the creation of an ideal fellowship.
The Canterbury Tales give an example of the breakdown of an ideal fellowship.
Despite his attempts to promote fellowship among the Canterbury pilgrims, the Host is the character who most severely damages the fellow-feeling among them.
The Host is successful at promoting fellowship among the Canterbury pilgrims.