Discuss the Broad Spectrum of language Boccaccio employees in the Decameron. Use Specific Examples.
First, we have to that Decameron was first written in the Greek language. The word Decameron first is a combination of two Greek words δέκα, déka which means ten andἡμέρα, hēméra which also means day. Therefore in full, the term means ten days that refers to the days in which the events written in the book unfolded where the characters present in the frame story told their tales.
Semantically, there are two languages employed in this text by Boccaccio. Figurative language is one of the languages used in this book. Given the ideological prescription in regards to the kind of language which is proper to both men and women, there is actually a particular kind of figurative language on sexuality in the Decameron, which is marked the prerogative of men. What drove me to this conclusion is some hidden factors that few people see them talking about the kind of language used in Decameron. Such factors are those to do with class, sex and not forgetting gender went into deep details of how the narrators of the tales in the interaction with their novellas and with each other, of their use of the figurative language in mentioning the act of sex with I would refer to as sexual intercourse. Here the metaphorical language considering sex that has become a hallmark for the Decameron had overwhelmed three men from a province. These men were-Panfilo, Dioneo and Filostrato. ‘‘….think of putting the devil into hell hearing the nightingale sing and worshiping St. Peter Big- in – valley……….’’
There are also women try exercising their control over the metaphorical language used .there stories could always ensure that the figurative language remains the prerogative of men. Moreover, there is a crucial role that a reader plays in reading the Decameron’s sex wars. Decameron calls upon those who read it to not only spectate but also be part and parcel of the story as participants of the sex wars that are staged in the Decameron at the looks of figurative language. Without realization, the readers have always found themselves giving an ideological gender service that in real sense they could not have signed up to defend them. Such a case happens when the narrator characters and implied authors make the less grasping statement to the readers than they ought to have made. Therefore, in my opinion, I think that this fact actually encourages us to interpret such moments similar to these in a given way that is not the case with more readers since they usually provide their projection of the same.
It is important to consider the role played by the readers such as me. I believe my task as a reader is to explicitly and impolitely evaluate the pervasiveness and persuasiveness of every particular rhetoric situation that appears in this text-‘‘Decameron’ ’which on the other hand means our attempt to understand powers that rhetoric situations have in shaping our thoughts. While on the contrary, it could also mean taking responsibility for our views. Therefore in connection to this, my focus goes to the Decameron 1.10, a story told of an elderly Maestro Alberto, who reins from a village of Bologna. He sees a young widow who is also beautiful-Malghrida who was at a social gathering. At that particular point, he falls in love with her and always seeks anytime possible to pass by her place-house, just in order to see her. However, his passing by her house is soon noticed by Malgheria together with her companions which when they call him to the courtyard they make fun of him the seventy-year-old. In response, he gives a witty remark about vegetables and women just to show this lady up. The event turns out that the two ladies back off while he walks away smiling. On the other hand, Pampinea who tells this novella appears to promote male chauvinism. Comparison of Pampinea’s II.3, III.2, VI.2 VIII.7, IX.7 and X.7 show how the authority dependence on Maestro Alberto efficacy’s witty retorts. Readers tend actually to find a normalcy in what Alberto says by undoing its contortions logically.
Alberto makes some observation on women according to a section of the Pampanga’snovella that women will always prefer a leafy green part of the leek but not the head.‘‘Who can say that they might not do the same thing with their lovers, choosing the less good (the elderly) over the others (the young)?”At this point, Boccaccio uses a similar metaphor as used in the introduction of Day IV just in order for the defense of his love for young women. The defense is clear in Decameron I.10 when Maestro compares himself to the leak that has a white head and a green tail.
Moreover, Maestros (The Tale of Maestro Alberto (I.10),” in The “Decameron”) logic appears sexually prominent both in passage and conclusion since it shows that women have been screwed over. Therefore, senior sexes are taken to be equal.
From the above findings, it is actually clear that Boccaccio uses Metaphorical and figurative language in the Decameron.
Boccaccio, Giovanni. Decameron. Lanham: Start Publishing LLC, 2012. Internet resource.