What is happening in The Canterbury Tales?

the whole point of the tales was entertainment. pilgrims would walk long distances to travel, and the group would tell the tales to pass the time. each tale typically depicts a moral of some sort, an example being the wife of bath's tale, where the knight has to chose between having an old and loyal wife or a young and unfaithful wife, and he lets her chose. she then choses young and faithful, showing if you respect someone (giving her the choice) they'll respect you (chosing a better option than he had).

all in all the tales are misc short stories only connected by shared characters.