The Canterbury Tales

What is an allegory of The Canterbury Tales?

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One major allegory happens at the very beginning of the tales (before they begin their pilgrimmage). They are all gathered at a tavern where all manners of sinners are (and all manner of sin is carried out) and they are preparing to go to Canterbury. In this allegory, then, the tavern represents the sinful life and nature of man and Canterbury the sin free life in heaven that all people are trying to reach.