De France; Decameron

  1. The Tenth Story of the Tenth Day: Why is Griselda being tested?
    I believe that Griselda was being tested just to see how loyal of a wife she was. Gualtieri makes her life completely unbearable doing everything possible to test her patience. He pretends to hate her, “divorces’ her, pretends to kill their children, sends her back to her poor family, pretends to have a new wife who comes into their home and Griselda basically acts as a maid. Finally, he admits it was all a joke. Griselda accepts everything!
  2. Compare the frame tales in the Decameron, and The Thousand and One Nights. In each case, what is the reason for telling stories? Do the stories accomplish the purpose for which they are intended? How important is the relationship between the tale and the teller?
    In The Thousand and One Nights, the stories are told in hopes of wasting time. Shaharazad’s father tells her stories in hopes of her not doing anything dumb with her life. He just tries to get a point across with each story. In the Decameron, I thought that the stories are being told to simply just pass the time. I believe that the stories accomplish what they are intended for. In the Decameron, I wasn’t able to really see a relationship between the tale and the teller.
  3. In Laustic, what does the nightingale symbolize? Explain your answer.
    I’m not too sure what the nightingale symbolizes, but after reading this section a few times, I want to say that the nightingale symbolizing freedom and love. She gathers at that window every night waiting for the interaction with the neighbor. When questioned about whys he is always there, she instantly came up with the nightingale. Once he kills the bird, it’s like her every hope and dream was completely destroyed.

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  1. smaldonadodiaz

    I agree with you in that Griselda was being tested in how faithful she was. I also think that with all the cruel treatment that he gave her, he did nothing else to become everything he did not wanted in a women.

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