the sIMILARITIES between Boccaccio & Chaucer
Both of their works are set in a frame narrative, that is a man introduction that stands the purpose of setting the scene for shorter stories. The Decameron starts with the description of the plague that damaged Florence in 1348, while to pass the time pleasantly, each of the men and women will tell a story for every nights they spent together. The Canterbury Tales' prologue is similar but while Boccaccio describes the effects of the epidemic on the society, Chaucer focuses his attention on the people, presenting each pilgrim in a detailed way.
During the first lessons we have analyzed in greater depth and detail way the characteristics of some characters like the Wife of Bath, the Prioress and the Merchant. The author casts light on a woman called Dame Alice, who represents worldly, earthy qualities as well as a female point of view, the Wife of Bath. He highlights the status of women in society. As far as I'm concerned she was the most interesting character because she epitomizes the woman's role through an ironic and humorous view. She is confident, congenial and an expert in love and romance. She has had five husbands, she enjoys her freedom, and is openly sensual. In the opposite side Chaucer describes the Prioress as a charming lady and her appearance conforms to the comporary ideal of beauty; in this regard he shares the anticlerial attitude. She has precise manners, eats as an aristocrat would, and wears a gold brooch with "Love conquers all" inscribed in Latin. This character has not impressed me, because, in my opinion, there is not something new or different of a "common person".
comparison between THE CANTERBURY TALES AND THE CASTLE OF CROSSED DESTINIES
I really enjoyed this topic that we have covered because I found similarities between the work of Chaucer and the Castle of Crossed Destinies by Italo Calvino, one of my favorite texts. For example in both of them there is a group of people who meet in a closed place (in a tavern and in a castle) in order to tell to each other their story.