What is the summary of The Decameron?

Giovanni Boccaccio The Decameron is structured with a frame story containing a hundred tales told by a group of ten young men and women sheltering in a villa just outside Florence to escape the Black Death, which had struck the city.

Why did Boccaccio Write The Decameron?

Boccaccio’s own purpose in writing is to “offer some solace…to those who stand in need of it”, both to those women whom he specifically identifies and, more implicitly, to Italians suffering in the face of epidemic.

Why is Decameron important?

While primarily a work of fiction, the Introduction to The Decameron has emerged as an important historical record of the physical, psychological, and social effects of the aggressive spread of the previously unknown Yersina pestis bacteria.

What is the moral lesson of the story Decameron?

Arguably, the moral base of the Decameron is Nature. The storytellers strongly suggest this in several cases and from different point of views. Those who oppose themselves to the law of Nature are bound to failure and also perhaps to causing great harm.

What happens to Masetto?

In the end, Masetto can’t take it anymore. Eight nuns and one Abbess are too much for one man, so he decides to reveal his secret. The Abbess is shocked by his ability to speak—which he tells her he’s just recovered—and even more shocked by the fact that he’s servicing the whole abbey.

Why is Boccaccio important?

Boccaccio was acutely aware of his position as mediator between different cultures—classical and medieval; Italian, French, and Latin; and Christian and pagan—and thus he stands as an important figure in the development of a European humanist literary culture that defines the Renaissance and beyond.

How does Boccaccio describe the experience of living through the Black Death?

He vividly describes physical, social and psychological sufferings, writing of people dying in the street, rotting corpses, plague boils, swollen glands known as “buboes” – some the size of eggs, others as large as apples – bruises and the blackening skin that foreshadowed death.

What was Griselda’s reward for keeping her promise?

What was Griselda’s reward for keeping her promise? She was rewarded with a lifetime of happiness with her husband and their two children back in her life.

Why is Boccaccio important today?

What is the theme of the story the Decameron?

Nature, as the morality in the Decameron, is a new type of dialectical morality, and one which imparts greater freedom to its adherents than more traditional moral codes. This is true particularly of women as the collective subject to whom Boccaccio’s work is addressed.

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