The Decameron | Critical Essay by Pier Massimo Forni

This literature criticism consists of approximately 17 pages of analysis & critique of The Decameron.
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SOURCE: Forni, Pier Massimo. “Realism and the Needs of the Story.” In Adventures in Speech: Rhetoric and Narration in Boccaccio's “Decameron,” pp. 43-54. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1996.

In the following excerpt, Forni examines Boccaccio's opening strategies for the stories in the Decameron, focusing on his ability to move from the familiar to the unusual.

The sixteenth-century pioneer of Boccaccio studies Francesco Bonciani observed from an Aristotelian perspective, that any given novella of the Decameron can be divided into three parts: a “prolago” (prologue), a “scompiglio” (the knotting of the plot), and a “sviluppo,” or “snodamento” (dénouement) (1972: 164-65). Of these, the “prolago” is to be regarded as a pre-narrative introduction. It is the...

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