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Wayne Shu 2/20/08 Boccaccio – Day 1 Background -Influenced by Ovid. -Born 1313, in Florence (maybe) -Illegitimate son, defies his father to go study in Naples -Uncertain whether he was in Florence during the time of the Plague, although he suggests it. Why have the structure of stories within a story? Another level of separation from author's true point of view. Distance himself from ideas in text. Outrageousness of stories, and the point of view of the Florentines during the Plague, allow Boccaccio to make a larger point. (e.g. trivial treatment of sex and death, living lives of excess b/c of fear of death) Structure: 10 people x 10 days. Gives more weight. He is an author , not just a storyteller. Multiple points of view within one work. No major negative reaction from the church. Medievals are more relaxed. Prologue Love is like the plague. Boccaccio would have perished without his friends. First word: umano? (human being) What can human beings do for one another? Not just love, but also friendship, etc.
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