The Decameron | Study Guide

Giovanni Boccaccio

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Filomena, “Second Day, Ninth Story” he deceiver is at the mercy of the one he deceives. Sources: Brown University, Encyclopaedia Britannica, The New Yorker Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Themes Religion The Catholic Church and its clergy hold tremendous power. Love True love is deep and lasting, while lust is fleeting. Deceit Many characters practice the art of deception to get their way. Class The social hierarchy shifts in the Middle Ages with the growing merchant class. Symbols Fortune/Wheel of Fortune Symbolize the unpredictable and random nature of life Gardens/Growth Represent safety and refuge, as well as the Garden of Eden Boccaccio was one of the great writers of the Italian Renaissance. His use of the octave, a popular literary verse form, elevated it to the level of art. His works influenced other writers like Shakespeare, Chaucer, Keats, Longfellow, GIOVANNI BOCCACCIO1313–75 Author Pampinea Leader of the group; queen in First Day Fiammetta Independent noblewoman; queen in Fifth Day Filomena Cautious lady; queen in Second Day Dioneo Witty nobleman; king in Seventh Day Neifile Lady in love; queen in Third Day Emilia Shy noblewoman; queen in Ninth Day Filostrato Depressed nobleman; king in Fourth Day Over 10 days during the outbreak of the Black Death in 14th-century Florence, seven young women and three young men escape to the country to wait out the epidemic. They amuse themselves by anointing each person king or queen for a day and telling stories featuring themes of love, sex, deception, fortune, and generosity. Love in the Time of Plague MAIN CHARACTERS The Decameronby the Numbers Year Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini released a film version of The Decameron that enraged the Catholic Church because of its explicit content 1971 Year the comedy film The Little Hours, based on parts of The Decameron, was released 2017 Other works by Boccaccio featuring Fiammetta, leading some scholars to conclude that she was based on his real-life love 2 Year the first full English translation of The Decameron was published 1620 Italian Original Language 1349–53 Years Written Giovanni Boccaccio Author The Decameron Fiction Short Stories

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