Characterization of Federigo: "Federigo's Falcon" by Giovanni Boccaccio


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Storyboard Description

Using Ms. Joseph's (first) ICEd quote from our sample Literary Term Chart, this is my visual quote analysis for my literary response. I am illustrating how the author, Giovanni Boccaccio, uses characterization in "Federigo's Falcon" in order to show Federigo's "giving" personality, and to create a powerful effect on the reader. My third frame also shows situational irony because in Federigo's display of generosity toward Monna, he does not realize that he has destroyed the very thing she needs (the falcon in its living state).

Storyboard Text

  • What can I possibly offer Monna? I am so poor.
  • "'Greetings Federigo!'" I will "'dine with you...this very day'" (p.10).
  • Buddy, I have no choice. Monna is worth it.
  • I would do ANYTHING for this beautiful lady!
  • I need your help. You see, my son is sick and...
  • The mere opportunity to dine with Monna Giovanna causes Federigo to reflect on his financial circumstance and resolve to honor her with a meal that is worthy of her stature.
  • "He set his eyes upon his good falcon...and since he had nowhere else to turn...he decided that it would be a worthy food for such a lady" (paragraph 14, page 3).
  • Even when Federigo has lost most of his valuable possessions, he does not hesitate to give up his prize falcon for the chance to dine with Monna.
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