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Federigo's Falcon

Breanna, Lindsey, and Cameron
by Lindsey Lassetter on 14 November 2012

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Transcript of Federigo's Falcon

Federigo's Falcon Falcon Story Summary Introductory
Federigo's Falcon is one of several stories told in the Decameron.
The Decameron was written by Giovonni Boccaccio.
Federigo's Falcon is the ninth story told on the fifth day.
The fifth day was devoted to telling stories with happy endings. Author and Additional Information A Florence man named Federigo is in love with whom is considered to be one of the most beautiful women of Florence, Monna Giovanna. Monna's son became good friends
with Frederigo and watched his falcon fly often. Monna becomes worried because her son had gotten ill. She asks what she can do to make him better and he says that he would get better if he got Federigo's falcon. Monna wanted to do whatever it took to make her son feel better, so she invites herself over to Federigo's for dinner. Federigo did not have the money to have a proper dinner. Federigo thought that his falcon would make the right meal for the person he had long been trying to win their love for. So Federigo had his maid-servant girl poach and cook that marvelous bird. Inconsiquently after they ate the dinner that had been specifically made, Monna asked Federigo for his falcon. Represents Monna's sick son. Monna's son is actually rather embarrassed to ask for Federigo's falcon because he feels guilty. Monna's son feels guilty in the fact that by asking for Federigo's falcon, he would be asking for the last thing that Federigo truly valued the most in the world even through his poverty. "And without knowing what they were eating, alas poor Federigo's falcon was gone." Federigo started to cry and confessed that he no longer had his falcon for he had served the falcon to her for dinner. She first reproached him for cooking the falcon to serve for dinner, but Monna then thanked Federigo for being thoughtful and honest. Monna then had to return home to her son without a falcon and explain to him what had happened. A few short days after her son had passed. Monna's brothers urged her to marry again so she told them she would take no man other than Federigo. Federigo and Monna got married and lived happily for the remainder of their lives. Summary p.213 Extreme; desperate. Expressed disapproval. Giovanni Boccaccio was born in Italy in 1313 and grew up in Florence. He was a clerk at his father's bank at age 14. He went to the University of Naples after he finshed his apprenticeship at the bank. He moved back to Florence and the black plague struck the city in 1348. He used the plague as a backdrop for Decameron. He had spent all of his money in dire need to win her love and affection, but unfortunately she did not care for anything he did. Federigo became poor and all he had left was a farm and a falcon. Vocabulary Dire: Extreme; Desperate. Compensate: Repay; Makeup (for or to). Presumption: Act of taking too much for granted. Console: Comfort. Reproached: Expressed disapproval. This is an example of one of the many different covers of Giovonni Boccacio's Decameron. The Decameron is the name of a story that contained several different short stories that were told by different people but was written by one. Meanwhile during Federigo's life spiraling towards poverty, Monna's husband dies. So naturally, Monna and her son move to the country to their country home which happens to be close by to Federigo's home. Situational Irony: Is when something completely different happens then what is expected to happen. Situational Irony occurs in Federigo's Falcon when Monna visits Federigo expecting to return home with his falcon for his son but does not.
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