Giovanni is a 14th -century Italian writer andpoet who popularized local vernaculars and adopted a unique andrealistic dialogue style of writing that changed the field ofliterature. In reading some of the works by this author, I amimpressed by his style that enables him to explore a broad range ofvocabulary and themes that discretely seek to empower women.
As a storyteller, uses his stories to challenge the social norms of hisperiod. Ordinarily, most of the 14th-century societiesperceived women as the weaker sex only suited to be just mothers andwives. Through the narrations, challenges these perceptionsby portraying women as more cunning than men and gives them the upperhand in male-female relationships.
In Andreuccio, uses the character of Fiammetta tonarrate the predicaments of one man in the hands of a cunning womanin a humorous way. The story emphasizes the theme of trickery.Andreuccio is a victim of several tricks by a young lady, to whom sheloses all his money. The young woman outthinks the man by far and inthe end, manages to keep his money for herself. After being duped,Andreuccio shows appreciation of trickery by using it against othersto gain the upper hand. Again, through these events, it is shown thatmen can learn a lot from women. To bring the story alive, applies local color flawlessly to enrich the story. This is evidentin the manner of dressing (e.g. doublet), the source of water (well),and use of ‘inns` as opposed to hotels.
Furthermore, such evidence of the period is illustrated better in the2015 Italian film Wondrous , directed by Paolo andVittorio Taviani. The film helps bring to life some of these themesand ideas in The Decameron by depicting each storyindividually. For instance, in the second story, trickery is bestcaptured in the manner that the actors dupe the protagonist,Calendrino, into believing that he is invisible. Again, inAndreuccio, the young lady pretends to be a sister to con themerchant. Thus, the film is important as it can help readersunderstand `s stories better.
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