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The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue & Frame Story

The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue & Frame Story


by Geoffrey Chaucer

The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue & Frame Story Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. Do the pilgrims seem like real people, or more like symbols / caricatures of real people?
  2. Why is the frame story important? What does it add to the individual tales?
  3. Is there any rhyme or reason to the order in which the pilgrims tell their tales?
  4. Why do The Canterbury Tales end with a sermon and a retraction?
  5. Why does Chaucer make himself the character who (supposedly) is the worst at speaking in verse?

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