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The Decameron, by Boccaccio, is a frame story written in the mid fourteenth century. There are a hundred stories told over a span of ten days. On the second day, a man tells a story about a princess, Alatiel, who was sent away to marry a king. Before Alatiel reaches her destination, she has sexual experiences with a lot of different men. Alatiel is treated like an object and allows this objectification to happen because …

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…She brings it on herself. Alatiel canít even get herself out of the situation she got herself into. Antigono tells her what to say and she memorizes it all. Alatiel also didnít realize how much she would like having sexual relations with men and this new pleasure allows her to be consoled very easily. The man telling this story may have made Alatiel seem weaker than if a woman were telling this story.