The Decameron

The Decameron


Giovanni Boccaccio

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Malagevole Character Analysis

Malagevole appears in Emilia’s fourth tale (IV, 7) as a friend of Pasquino and Atticciato. His name means “Killjoy,” contributing to the tale’s seedy atmosphere. Along with Stramba and Atticciato, he agitates for Simona’s execution, believing that she murdered Pasquino. But when her accidental death proves her innocence, he joins with his friends and Guccio Imbratta to make sure they receive a proper burial.
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Malagevole Character Timeline in The Decameron

The timeline below shows where the character Malagevole appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day 4: Seventh Tale
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Pasquino’s friends Atticciato (“Potbelly”) and Malagevole (“Killjoy”) join Stramba in pressing the magistrate to interrogate Simona. Unsure what to think, he... (full context)
Love and Sex Theme Icon a toad whose foul breath has poisoned the leaves. Stramba, Atticciato, Guccio Imbratta, and Malagevole bury Pasquino and Simona in their local church.  (full context)