Decameron: 14th Century and Master Simone

Topics: 14th century, Florence, Summary of Decameron tales Pages: 3 (682 words) Published: December 10, 2010
1st Slide
* Emilia is queen of the brigata for the ninth day. Filostrato is the teller of the story. For the second time there is no prescribed theme for the stories of the day. * Theme of the story is discovering the simplicity of Calandrino, and how easy it is to trick him. 2nd

* “Not only does Boccaccio invent a host of original comic characters, but he presents them in a broad range of situations, frequently using his mastery of comical discourse to heighten his effects.” * Calandrino was the prototype for many of the simpleton Characters of Italian Renaissance comedy. * Calandrino is claimed that in the Decameron he figures in more of the stories than any of the other characters, but that distinction belongs to Calcndrino’s two companions, Bruno and Buffalmacco followed by Master Simone. 3rd Slide

* Calandrino was a historical person, an Italian Renaissance painter named Nozzo di Perino who lived in the fourteenth century. Whether he really was the character portrayed by Boccaccio in his work is unknown, but common belief is that he was a bit naïve just like Calandrino in this work. It is unclear whether this belief arose because of the popularity of the Decameron, or whether it was already popular belief when Boccaccio wrote the tales. * Buffalmacco and Bruno are historical figure as well. Buffalmacco was an Italian painter who worked in Florence, Bologna and Pisa. No recorded work of his survives. 4th Slide

* Master Simone, at the instance of Bruno and Buffalmacco and Nello, makes Calandrino believe that he is pregnant. Calandrino then supplies the three men with capons and money for taking a certain medicine, and recovers from his pregnancy without giving birth. 5th Slide

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* Aunt of Calandrino dies, leaving him 200 pounds.
* He wanted to purchase a farm acting like he had 10,000 gold florins to spend, but the price of property was too high. * Buffalmacco and Bruno, joined by Nello, decides to trick...
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