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There are three basic genres in literature drama fiction and poetry All three categories can use comedy Comedy again can be divided into high and low comedy High comedy is comedy that is appealing to and reflecting the life and problems of the upper social classes characterized by witty and sardonic treatment Low comedy is comedy that gets its effect mainly from action and situation as burlesque farce slapstick and horseplay rather than from witty dialogue and characterization Satire is a form of high comedy Samuel Johnson 1709-1784 defined satire as a poem in which wickedness or folly is censured Typically satire has three dimensions The first dimension is pure entertainment The second is a critical dimension in which different social cultural religious or taboo aspects are critically addressed Lastly satire has a reform purpose Giovanni Boccaccio was born in 1313 in Paris France His father was a businessman from Florence His mother was a French aristocrat Boccaccio grew up in Florence where he later became a businessman In 1332 he began to study law in Naples where he eventually became an attorney in 1340 During this time he started to write During several diplomatic missions he met the pope first in 1365 He died in Florence on 12211375 There are three frames in which Boccaccios Decameron has to be seen The author establishes these frames in the Prologue and in the Introduction The historical frame is the time around 1348 when the plague killed thousands of people 4 Furthermore this is the time in which the Catholic Church was known to be very corruptive In the narrative frame seven women and three men amuse themselves by each telling a story a day for ten days in the countryside of Florence The last frame is the actual 100 stories that are told Boccaccios satiric subject is the human limitation in its knowledge of god It is not the religious belief as itself that is
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