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The Decameron is a book consisting of smaller stories written by Boccaccio It was written in the Middle Ages From The Decameron you can learn how women were treated during this time Women were generally not treated well even the best treatment they were given would be looked on as bad treatment in todays culture The story that showed the best treatment of women was that of Sir Federigo Federigo fell in love with a women named Monna Giovanni and spent all his money buying things to try to win her love Soon after Monnas husband died he left all his possessions to his son instead of to his wife The story ends soon after Federigo kills a falcon he was very fond of in order to provide a meal for Monna and her son In this story Monna Giovanni was treated better than the women in any of the other stories but she still wasnt treated well by todays standards For example Monnas husband left his possessions to his son instead of Monna his wife This act shows that the author had the attitude that women are inferior and incapable of taking care of things Another story in The Decameron that shows how women were treated was that of Calndrino and the Heliotrope Calandrino was tricked into believing that a rock made him invisible but when he took it home to his wife she could see him He thought that she had caused him to become visible and became angry with her He beat and kicked her and when some friends asked what was going on he explained it to them and said Women cause everything to lose its virtue The next story is that of Griselda and Gualtieri Griselda was a poor peasant girl whom Gualtieri married Gualtieri decided to test his wife to see how much he could take so he had their daughter sent away and told her that she had
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