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The Decameron

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By: Giovanni Boccaccio Giovanni Boccaccio Boccacio's Background (cont'd) The Decameron The Decameron In-Depth Discussion Set in a villa outside of Florence, the characters entertain each other with their various stories.
The stories range from truth to fiction, tragedy to comedy, and are almost always outrageous.
The stories told help the characters endure the sufferings caused by the plague and simply enjoy life once more (Fajardo-Acosta, Fidel). Day Four: Tale Three The Decameron Italian novelist born in 1313 .
Boccaccio's father deserted his mother and took Boccaccio to Florence for school until the age of ten when he started work in the business world.
In 1327, Boccaccio was sent to Naples to study law, but Boccaccio instead devoted his life to literature where he became close to important men and women on the court of Anjou (Dunn, Joseph). When in Naples, he met a woman named Maria d'Acquino who was the model for many of his characters (Dunn, Joseph).
He wrote many stories in prose and verse and poems, but his most famous was the Decameron which was completed in 1359.
Boccaccio died in Certaldo Italy in 1375 (Kreis, Steven). The Decameron was written to help deal with the pain caused by the Black Plague.
It is a series of stories told by ten nobles - seven women and three men.
They tell ten stories a day for ten days which add up to a total of one hundred stories (Brookshire, Sophia). Works Cited Brookshire, Sophia. "Summary of Boccaccio's the
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"Summary of Decameron tales." Wikepedia.
Wikepedia, 02 2012. Web. 15 Nov 2012. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summary_of_Decameron_tales This portion of the story is told by Lauretta, one of the noblewomen.
In this story three sisters flee with their lovers to Crete.
In Crete, the oldest sister kills her lover out of jealousy.
The middle sister then saves the youngest sister's life by giving herself up to the Duke of Crete ("Summary of Decameron tales"). Day Four: Tale Three In-Depth Discussion The middle sister's lover then kills her and leaves with the youngest sister.
The third sister and her lover are then arrested for the murder and confess that they are guilty.
However, they escape the death penalty by bribing the guards and escape to Rhodes where they later die with no money, friends, or possessions ("Summary of Decameron tales").
"Giovanni Boccacio" Day Four: Tale Three In-Depth Discussion "The Decameron" This story is a perfect example of how far-fetched the tales could become.
This story, as well as the others, were purely meant for entertainment purposes.
The wild stories were not always true, but could have been based off of the lives of the nobles which were often erotic and hard to believe. Archetypes The entire book does not necessarily represent a specific archetype. However, throughout The Decameron, the various novellas contain different archetypes.
There is a variety of characters featured in the novellas and some can be classified as tragic heroes.
The story lines of the novellas also fall under archetypes such as a quest, rescue, or death. Archetypes One purpose of an archetype is to tell us how to confront suffering.
The Decameron, in this aspect, is an archetype.
The Decameron, as a whole, was written as a way for people to deal with the devastation caused by the plague. It teaches us to endure the pain by also appreciating the good in life and knowing the value of good entertainment.
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