November 6, 2017

The Structure of The Decameron

The Decameron




The Subject for Each Day's Stories


"Each of the storytellers will tell a story on each of ten days of storytelling, and each storyteller (except Dioneo) must tell a story which follows a topic determined by the King or Queen on the previous day. The entire collections contains 100 novelle (xxxv)."


Day 1 There are no restrictions on the types of stories that can be told.

Day 2 The stories of the second day are to be about those who have achieved their happy endings after a period of misfortune.

Day 3 The third day is filled with stories of people who have either attained difficult goals, or who have recovered something that they had previously lost.

Day 4 Love stories that don't end happily, are the theme of the fourth day.

Day 5 On the fifth day, the theme is: love stories that start with misfortune, but end with happily-ever-afters.

Day 6 The sixth day is about intelligence: how intelligence helps the protagonist escape danger, ridicule, or discomfort.

Day 7 The stories of the seventh day involve wives, who have played tricks on their husbands.

Day 8 Each story of the eighth day are about ruses perpetrated by both men and women on each other.

Day 9 There are no restrictions on the types of stories that can be told.

Day 10 The last day of stories centers around good karma; those who have performed acts of generosity, and who have become famous as a result of their generosity.


A List of Stories Told by Each Character


day # story # (example: Day 1 Story 1 = 1.1)

Dioneo: 1.42.103.104.10|5.10| 6.10|7.10|8.10|9.10|10.10

Elissa: 1.92.83.54.45.3|6.9|7.3|8.3|9.2|10.2

Emilia: 1.62.63.74.75.2|6.8|7.1|8.4|9.9|10.5

Fiammetta: 1.52.53.64.1|5.9|6.6|7.5|8.8|9.5|10.6

Filomena: 1.32.93.34.5|5.8|6.1|7.7|8.6|9.1|10.8

Filostrato: 1.72.23.14.95.4|6.7|7.2|8.5|9.3|10.3

Lauretta: 1.82.43.84.3|5.7|6.3|7.4|8.9|9.8|10.4

Neifile: 1.22.13.94.85.5|6.4|7.8| 8.1|9.4|10.1

Pampinea: 1.102.33.24.2|5.6|6.2|7.6|8.7|9.7|10.7

Panfilo: 1.12.73.44.65.1|6.5|7.9|8.2|9.6|10.9

kings and queens, the structure of the decameronKings and Queens


Day 1: Pampinea (Queen)

Day 2: Filomena (Queen)

Day 3: Neifile (Queen)

Day 4: Filostrato (King)

Day 5: Fiammetta (Queen)

Day 6: Elissa (Queen)

Day 7: Dioneo (King)

Day 8: Lauretta (Queen)

Day 9: Emilia (Queen)

Day 10: Panfilo (King)

Sources

Boccaccio, Giovanni. The Decameron. Translated by Mark Musa and Peter Bondanella, Signet Classic, 1982.