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In regard to The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer depicts realism in a varity of different ways. He wrote about the world he knew and lived in. His work was a contemporary look at the times, and it enables us to have a realistic glimpse of those times.
Chaucer's view of society and description of the pilgrims.
The Pilgrimage- A real event, undertaken by members of all classes
Historical Setting- Chaucer alludes to the Black Plague and the death of Thomas a Becket (true history)
Descriptions of the pilgrims
The Canterbury Tales