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Unformatted text preview: Boccaccios The Decameron Question: How would one characterize the psychology of desire in Boccaccio? o Force to do actions not normally done Example of the Scholar, who is a philosophical thinker but deviates from reason in the hopes that he will be comforted by deviation o Desire brings out the best and worst in people Humility Example of the Scholar: So indignantfor securing his revenge (p592) compared to quote in p.593 ending in and bitter lamentations Desire directed at the wrong person Desire turns on itself (good love gone bad) Example of the Gardener who held true love or he would have pushed for a moment with the woman in the garden Love can work in a different number of ways; stories can do more that save the self o Boccaccio save his life through stories, perhaps he is doing the same for other people Love as secondary to other ideas that Boccaccio is trying to work out unidentifiable categories pertaining to the ideas of love The summary of stories are not Boccaccios transcending ideas o Moral: theres more to the story than the storyteller knows Idea that propriety of storytellers keeps the impropriety of the characters within the story Introduction, p.16: We could go and stay togetherwithout overstepping the boundaries of what is reasonable....
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