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The Decameron

The Decameron was written by Giovanni Boccaccio, an Italian writer who lived from 1313-1375. It is the story of seven young women and three men who flee the city to go to the countryside to escape...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2016 3:22 am UTC

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The Decameron is centrally focused on stories about love, so not surprisingly, many of the corruptions of the Catholic clergy, both male and female, involve an inability to control their sexual...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2020 1:13 pm UTC

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Boccaccio lived in a time of tremendous technological, economic, and social change. Italy in the fourteenth century was coming to the end of the Middle Ages and was on the brink of the Renaissance....

Latest answer posted May 9, 2019 2:23 pm UTC

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The theme of the first day is the ecclesiastical corruption within the Roman Catholic church and the necessity of turning away from one's sins. Alternatively, one can also say that the theme of the...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2017 5:06 pm UTC

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It can be argued that Boccaccio acted as a social critic in the Decameron. He essentially satirized the conventions of courtly love and the false piety displayed by members of the clergy. In the...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2018 5:42 pm UTC

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The theme of day three of the Decameron is erotic desire in various illicit forms. As a backdrop, the stories on this day pick up after a two-day hiatus, during which the group arrives at an...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2019 10:15 pm UTC

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One of the central ideas of The Decameron is the superiority of nature over the laws of human society and religion (see the source below). The force of nature is clear in the story, as the...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2018 3:17 pm UTC

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The overall theme of Day Four, under Filostrato, is love stories with unhappy endings. The idea is that love often results in death and sorrow. Before these stories begin, Boccaccio defends his...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2017 6:41 pm UTC

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The Decameron

The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio preserves important information about the plague outbreak in 1348 in Florence, Italy. The first thing he mentions is that people wondered if the cause of the...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2016 11:06 pm UTC

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The Decameron

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...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2020 11:32 pm UTC

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The Decameron

Boccaccio displays the art of storytelling impeccably in The Decameron; written primarily for the female reader of his time, his stories aim to provide necessary diversion for those members of his...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2016 7:19 pm UTC

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The servants accompany the young storytellers to the country so that someone can deal with the unpleasant business of everyday life. They need people to clean, to procure goods, and to take care of...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2019 7:32 pm UTC

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The Decameron

True love is depicted in both The Decameron, written by Giovanni Boccaccio in the fourteenth century, and in The Heptaméron, written by Marguerite de Navarre in the sixteenth century. You can begin...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2020 5:28 pm UTC

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The Florentine chosen to set the topic of stories on day six is Elissa, who determines that they will tell tales of characters who use clever rhetoric to avoid sticky situations or to succeed. As...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2017 5:05 pm UTC

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The theme of the Second Day stories is generally the vicissitudes of fate--that is, the way in which people's fates are unpredictable. The storytellers speak about the fickle nature of Fortune....

Latest answer posted February 1, 2017 8:54 pm UTC

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The plague itself was terrible. The narrator described the swellings, the size of an apple or an egg, that would appear on people's groins or underarms and then spread all over the body. The body...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2019 4:59 pm UTC

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Giovanni Boccaccio's epic work The Decameron was written over the course of several years and contains reworkings of common myths and legends. Of note is his version of the Griselda myth, in which...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2012 11:37 am UTC

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This is a complex question. Starting with author Boccaccio, the benefit he is deemed as having gained from writing The Decameron is that he used his stories to restore some order to a world in...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2010 11:33 pm UTC

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Griselda in Boccaccio's Decameron is an interesting character. In some ways she embodies the female ideal of a loving wife who endures mistreatment and is eventually rewarded. In this sense, she is...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2012 4:20 am UTC

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Given that there are 100 stories in Boccaccio's Decameron, it is difficult to generalize about how gender roles are portrayed in the work. Many of the stories are retellings of older tales, and so...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2012 4:05 am UTC

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In The Decameron by Boccaccio, the relevant social differences seem to be that (1) Ricciardo was know to Caterina's father and beloved by them whereas Guiscardo was unknown and a complete surprise...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2010 6:52 am UTC

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True love has many meanings depending on each person and the values they hold for themselves. Loyalty between two lovers is necessary for any relationship to prosper. In the Decameron, especially...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2020 6:17 pm UTC

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In many of the stories in The Decameron, women are more sinned against than sinning, but in the third story on the third day, a woman does plot to cheat on her husband--and uses an unwitting friar...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2017 9:03 pm UTC

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The stories in Boccaccio’s The Decameron relate to their frame narrative in that they possess a united philosophical outlook. All of the stories in the novel explore the theme of fortune and how...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2020 2:36 pm UTC

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This is a fascinating question to consider, as the ten narrators of the tales in this volume are made up of seven females and three males. One would suspect, therefore, of there being a definite...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2012 3:17 pm UTC

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God and religion are central to both authors, reflecting the world both men occupied. Dante is not particularly reverent toward the Catholic Church in his The Divine Comedy. Many corrupt clergyman...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2019 5:26 pm UTC

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A good tale for you to look at in this collection of stories, some tragic and some hilarious, would be Fiammetta's Tale of Tancred and the Golden Cup. You could argue that free will is what leads...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2012 4:48 pm UTC

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