Why Chaucer did not use the character of king and the character of peasant in Canterbury Tales?
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In my opinion, Chaucer didn't use the character of the King because his presence would have completely changed the make-up of the group. The pilgrimage would not have included many of the other characters because they would have been replaced by the King's retinue. Peasants, however, would not have been able to afford the expense of pilgrimage.