In The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio, there are one hundred stories told by ten Florentines (seven women and three men) over the course of ten days. Written in the fourteenth century, the stories take place within a larger story. The Florentines are escaping the Black Death that is ravaging Florence. This is a frame story: a story within a story.
The Arabian Nights is a collection of stories from all over the Eastern world. Like The Decameron, it is also a frame story; it stems from the story of Shahryar and Scheherazade. Within some of the stories that are framed by this initial story, there are additional stories.
For The Decameron, the teller is very important. It is much like The Canterbury Tales, where the storytellers pick a theme for the day. The frame of the story really starts with Boccaccio himself; his views are not only projected onto his storytellers, but are also reflected in the stories themselves, such as in the eighth tale, which is told on the fifth day and is about Nastagio degli...
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