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 storytellers have retreated to a country villa to escape the Black Plague in fourteenth century in Florence.
In the Introduction to the First Day, the narrator refers to "the late mortal pestilence, the course whereof was grievous not merely to eyewitnesses but to all who in any other wise had cognizance of it." In other words, the plague is burdensome to everyone, and it is against this backdrop that the tellers of the tales try to divert themselves. However, the superiority of nature is clear, and their tales cannot erase the destruction and woe brought about by the plague.
In other stories, the power of the carnal over...
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