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Introduce Boccaccio's Decameron, then write a quick resume of one of the short stories, pointing out what you believe to be one or two important thematics.

Il Decameron - Giovanni BocaccioIntroduction:collection of a hundred short storiesstory within story (mise-en-abîme)written between 1348-1353pays tribute to Dante and the Commedia by being written in volgare (Italian) instead of Latin tells the story of 7 girls and 3 boys of the Florence high society, who escape the city during the plague and take refuge in Fiesole. They decide to install a game: every day a king or queen would be selected and this person would have to set up a thematic for the day. As the title indicates (deca= ten/ hemera= day), the story extends on 10 days and encompasses the tales of the 10 characters. Short story: Fifth Day - Story Number EightRavenna.Nastagio degli Onesti is madly in love with a noble young woman , "one of the Traversari". Nastagio is noble and has become a rich gentleman, yet the Traversari girl remains insensitive to him. Nastagio disburses his heritage in trying to seduce her, impress her, organizing festivities and balls. Desperately failing in interesting the young "disdainful" woman, and on the advice of his devoted friends, Nastagio leaves Ravenna.In the countryside, he witnesses the most insolite ritual: a young woman running naked, chased by a soldier.The malediction goes as follow: every friday in this precise point, the soldier kills the woman and feeds his dogs with her body parts. Nastagio meets Guido degli Anastagi who explains him the fatality: madly in love with this woman who refuted him, he killed himself out of love and despair and for this got condemned to hell. The woman, punished for having not return his love and led him to his heretic crime, got he sentence as well: she will get massacred by him weekly for as many years as she has been cruel to him.The curse gives Nastagio to think. He decides to use it as example and organizes an enormous banquet, inviting all his friends, family, and the Traversari for the next Friday at the very precise place where the malediction happens.At the banquet, as the guests enjoy the end of the meal peacefully, they witness the scene. Everybody is shocked and the young Traversari, recognizing the situation, accepts to marry Nastagio right away. Themes"il lieto fine" (happy ending) - theme of the 5th day "amori felici"the figure of the woman and her relation to loveDecameron and the dedication to women - considered as only capable to understand love (Proemio)

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