The Decameron

The Decameron


Giovanni Boccaccio

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Cassandra Character Analysis

In Panfilo’s fifth tale (V, 1), Cassandra is betrothed to Pasimondas’s brother, Ormisdas. But because she is the love interest of Lysimachus, he kills her fiancée and carries her off on her wedding day. Unlike Iphigenia, she doesn’t serve as the vehicle for ennobling her lover, but she does demonstrate a similar lack of agency, since her desire to be with either Ormisdas or Lysimachus is never explored.

Cassandra Quotes in The Decameron

The The Decameron quotes below are all either spoken by Cassandra or refer to Cassandra. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Day 5: First Tale Quotes

Leaving the house full of blood, tumult, tears, and sadness, they made their way unimpeded to the ship, keeping close together and carrying their spoils before them. Having handed the ladies aboard, Cimon and Lysimachus followed with their comrades just as the shore began to fill with men who were coming to the rescue of the two ladies. But they plied their oars with a will, and made good their escape.

Related Characters: Panfilo (speaker), Cimon, Lysimachus, Iphigenia, Cassandra, Pasimondas, Ormisdas
Page Number: 378
Explanation and Analysis:
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Cassandra Character Timeline in The Decameron

The timeline below shows where the character Cassandra appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day 5: First Tale
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...Rhodian ship’s crew. This allows fortune to lay the groundwork for freeing him. Lysimachus loves Cassandra, fiancée of Ormisdas, Pasimondas’s brother. Their wedding has been postponed several times, but now arrangements... (full context)
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...extraordinarily brave and noble man, laying out the similarity of their situations regarding Iphigenia and Cassandra, and promising Cimon the restoration of his liberty and his lady in exchange for his... (full context)
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...their plan with military precision, they enter the brothers’ house and carry off Iphigenia and Cassandra (crying and screaming), and murder Pasimondas and Ormisdas. Leaving the house full of “blood, tumult,... (full context)