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Why are all the people going to Canterbury in Prologue to Canterbury Tales?

The reason that all of the travelers are going to Canterbury is to pay their respects to Saint Thomas a Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury.

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Similarly one may ask, why do the characters in The Canterbury Tales travel to Canterbury?

All the characters in Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales" are headed to Canterbury for a pilgrimage. They are all going to visit the tomb of Saint Thomas a Becket. Becket was killed in 1170 and was revered because he had been killed because of his devotion to the Church.

Beside above, where were the people going in Canterbury Tales? The tales (mostly written in verse, although some are in prose) are presented as part of a story-telling contest by a group of pilgrims as they travel together from London to Canterbury to visit the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral.

Also to know, what is so special about Canterbury in the Canterbury Tales?

Canterbury Cathedral was one of the most important centres of pilgrimage in Medieval England. While the cathedral had huge significance at both a religious and political level in medieval times, its importance as a centre of pilgrimage greatly increased after the murder of Thomas Becket there in 1170.

What is the purpose of The Canterbury Tales prologue?

The purpose of the prologue is to give readers a general overview of the characters that are present, why they are present there, and what they will be doing. The narrator begins by telling us how it is the season in which people are getting ready to make a pilgrimage to Canterbury.

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