Love In The Decameron

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The Decameron is anything but a romantic story. All romance within the story is either for comical purposes or to show the real brutality of love, the different ways of losing in love or the madness that drives them. This is specific in three stories, day four story five, day four story nine and day ten story ten. Each story shows love in it’s own unique way. Day four story five, shows the way love can cause people to do insane stuff even once it is over. Day four story nine, is a basic case of friendships being pushed away compared to the love of lovers. Day ten story ten, is the most telling of the awful sections of what love can do and makes a person aware of the life instances where love is awful. The Decameron has multiple stories communicating…show more content…
During this story Guillaume de Roussillon is wed to a beautiful wife. Guillaume de Cabestanh is hopelessly in love with his wife despite their knighthood of friendship. Later, Guillaume de Cabestanh and Guillaume de Roussillon wife fall in love. They sneak around becoming careless until Guillaume de Roussillon sees them and is infuriating. He decides he needs to get his revenge and kills Guillaume de Cabestanh. After, this event he takes the heart out of his chest and has a chef cook it for his beloved wife. She eats it with no concern until she finds out that it is the heart of her lover. Then she commits suicide by jumping out of the window of their home. This story shows the true tellings of love. The friendship between the two knights was broken because of their love for the same women. This is entirely sad and allows someone to understand the true bleakness to love, the way it causes someone to hurt the ones they have known for longer. Although, Guillaume de Roussillon loves his wife he somehow was okay with allowing her to suffer because she said, “I loved him above all things” about Guillaume de Cabestanh (pg.…show more content…
During this story Gualtieri decides to marry a women, Griselda, although he is of high class and she is of low class. He is the heir to the throne and she will be queen once wed. Gualtieri makes the women strip naked in front of the town to change into more suitable clothes to match her husband. That may seem really awful but it seems to get way worse. Later, Griselda has given birth to a loverly daughter but Gualtieri feels the needs to test her loyalty. He has a servant approach her saying ” they aregreatly distressed about this infant daughter of theirs”, needing the baby murdered(pg. 788). The servant takes the baby from Griselda’s hand and the daughter is taken to a different family. Next, the same happens when she has a son. Although, she does not like any of this she does not protest at all. Lastly, he decides to divorce her and marry another women. This then comes even more bad when she must plan the wedding. This occasion is to a much younger women, who happens to be her daughter but she did not know. Before, the wedding happens she is told that both her children are there and that this was all a trick. She happily goes back to her husband and does not protest. This is a telling of how even when in love people do awful things. Although, Guiltieri loves Griselda this love made him need to protect
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