The Decameron

The Decameron


Giovanni Boccaccio

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Betto Brunelleschi Character Analysis

Betto Brunelleschi appears in Elissa’s sixth story (VI, 9), drawn from a historical Florentine politician who was friends with Dante Alighieri and Guido Cavalcanti and the poet Dante. In The Decameron, Betto is a young nobleman who wants to draw the intelligent and wealthy Guido into his group of friends. When, however, Guido insults them, only Betto has the capacity to understand what has happened, demonstrating his superior intelligence.
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Betto Brunelleschi Character Timeline in The Decameron

The timeline below shows where the character Betto Brunelleschi appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day 6: Ninth Tale
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Betto Brunelleschi leads one of these fraternities, and he wants to add Guido Cavalcante to his coterie.... (full context)
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One day, as Guido wanders in a cemetery, Betto Brunelleschi and his friends decide to taunt him. They charge at him with horses, asking what... (full context)