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The Decameron by Boccaccio is a frame story written in the mid fourteenth century There are a hundred stories told over a span of ten days On the second day a man tells a story about a princess Alatiel who was sent away to marry a king Before Alatiel reaches her destination she has sexual experiences with a lot of different men Alatiel is treated like an object and allows this objectification to happen because she is so fickle and does nothing to stop the men The fickleness of Alatiel and the treatment of her as an object is evident throughout the story The story starts off portraying Alatiel as an object when her father the sultan of Babylon promises her hand to the king of Algarve 48 Alatiel has no say in who she marries Instead she is a gift from her father to the king of Algarve Alatiel goes with Pericone but his brother Marato wants the princess also Marato takes Alatiel and a large part of Pericones valuable possessions to the ship they are leaving on 52 This sentence implies that Alatiel is one of Pericones possessions Alatiel is treated like property again when she is on the boat Two men think that her her love could be shared like merchandise or money 52 Once she gets to a new destination the prince of Morea looks for a way of possessing her 53 He doesnt and cant win her love because they do not speak the same language However this doesnt stop the prince Alatiel doesnt try very hard to stop any of these mens advances She is seen as a weak and fickle woman When her ship wrecks she felt the need of advice 49 Alatiel doesnt know how to do things on her own She has always had servants to help her After Alatiel realizes all that happened to the ship and everyone
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