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The purpose of irony is to make the reader think deeper and to createsuspense in the story There are three types of irony dramatic ironynarrative irony and verbal irony In Decameron tales Boccaccioemploys verbal narrative and dramatic irony to create humor suspense while leading the reader to expect the unexpected within the storyIn the First Day First Story the author uses dramatic irony andnarrative irony which made the story intriguing and caused the reader toexpect the unexpected First day First Story the character in thestory Ser Ciappelletto was a notary and he gave false testimony withthe greatest of pleasure Ser Ciappelletto went to Burgundy to collectthe debts for Musciatto Franzesi While he was collecting the debts forMusciatto Franzesi he stayed in the home of two Florentine brothers Ser Ciappelletto asks the two bothers to go and get the most holy manthey can find and that he will take care of the rest When the priestarrives at the Florentines brothers house Ser Ciappelletto begins toconfess his sins to the him Ser Ciappelltto is telling the truth aboutthe sins he has committed but not telling the truth about how hecommitted them When the friar saw that Ser Ciappelletto had nothingmore to say he absolved him and gave him his blessing thinking him tobe a most holy man just as he believed everything Ser Ciappelltto hadtold him Boccaccio 26 The priest thinks that Ser Ciappelletto isa holy man which obviously he is not This is called dramatic irony At the end of the story Ser Ciappelletto dies and the priest honors himin the chapel He is buried in a marble tomb and people come to histomb to worship him and hang wax images in his honor Ser Ciappellettois declared a Saint and many people believed that God performed manymiracles through him This is narrative irony because the reader doesnot
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