The Decameron

The Decameron


Giovanni Boccaccio

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Filippo’s Son Character Analysis

In Boccaccio’s exemplary tale, Filippo Balducci raises Filippo’s Son in isolated religious devotion after his mother’s death, but he is nevertheless not immune to the charms of the feminine sex when he returns to Florence with his father and sees women for the first time. Boccaccio claims his desire is an illustration of the inherent desire of men to devote themselves to women.
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Filippo’s Son Character Timeline in The Decameron

The timeline below shows where the character Filippo’s Son appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day 4: Introduction
Faith vs. Religion Theme Icon
...They went to Mount Asinaio, where they lived, fasting and praying, in a cave. Thus, Filippo’s Son grew up innocent of worldly things—when it was necessary, Filippo went to Florence for supplies... (full context)
Love and Sex Theme Icon
Faith vs. Religion Theme Icon
But when Filippo’s Son is 18, he offers to help Filippo Balducci with these errands. Relying on the strength... (full context)
Love and Sex Theme Icon
Men and Women Theme Icon
Filippo Balducci says that these “goslings” are evil, but Filippo’s Son maintains that they are lovelier than the images of angels that he’s seen. He promises... (full context)