The Decameron

The Decameron


Giovanni Boccaccio

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Guido Cavalcanti Character Analysis

Guido Cavalcanti, a Florentine philosopher and poet who was a contemporary and friend of Dante Alighieri and who died shortly before Giovanni Boccaccio was born, appears as a character in Elissa’s sixth tale (VI, 9). He is charming and sophisticated, and rather than taking offense when Betto Brunelleschi and his friends mock him, he demonstrates biting wit with a quick retort.
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Guido Cavalcanti Character Timeline in The Decameron

The timeline below shows where the character Guido Cavalcanti 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. Guido is a charming, sophisticated, extremely intelligent conversationalist. Also, he’s rich... (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... (full context)