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What was the appearance of the pilgrim and the parson in The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer? i need to know about the physical appearance. |

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As the other questions note, there isn't any one character in The Canterbury Tales called "The Pilgrim," as the poem is an account of many pilgrims, the stories they tell, and the ways they interact with on another. However, there is a kind of character in the poem known as "Chaucer the Pilgrim," and he's worth noticing. As you could probably guess, Chaucer the Pilgrim is Chaucer's "character" in his own story, acting as a narrator figure who supposedly traveled alongside the other pilgrims and reports their actions and their narratives. Again, there is almost no physical description of Chaucer's character, but we do get some insights into Chaucer's personality. Chaucer the Pilgrim generally seems to be a laid-back personality who is content to allow others to hold center-stage. Also, he doesn't seem to be a very good poet, as his Rime of Sir Thopas is downright boring. In that case, we can assume that Chaucer the Pilgrim (or Chaucer the Narrator, if you prefer) is not physically striking and allows others to control the narrative, partly because he seems to like listening to others, and partly because he's not very good at telling his own stories.

It's worth considering why exactly Chaucer makes himself a character in his own story. Remember that many of the stories contain very mature content (lewd jokes, sex, violence, etc.), and so Chaucer must have known that some readers of his poetry might have disapproved of some of its more inappropriate moments. In that case, it helps to create a character for yourself and have other characters tell the stories themselves. That way, Chaucer could defend himself by suggesting that other people actually told the offensive stories, and he merely reported them.  

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