The Patient Griselda, by Giovanni Boccaccio Essay

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“The Patient Griselda”, by Giovanni Boccaccio, has hidden meanings to it. Domestic violence from Gualtieri to his chosen wife, Griselda is apparent. Gualtieri feels as though his is condoned to such abuse of his wife because of her low-born social class status, her non-nobility. He further oppresses his power over her by disallowing her to have control over the upbringing of their children. Gualtieri, a young Italian marquis, was pressured by his servants to marry. His subjects were in fear that there would not be an heir to maintain the stability of their state. Gualtieri agrees to marry, but makes it clear to his subjects that he will he will find his own wife. The marquis makes his people promise that they will not question …show more content…
Gualtieri was insistent upon sending a group of people to re-clothe Griselda for their public marriage. Later in the story, Gualtieri has Griselda surrender her fine clothing and jewels that he put her in to return to the peasant rags she wore upon their first introduction. Both of these occasions let readers see Gualtieri absolute authority and power over Griselda. The readers also see Griselda is completely subordinate to her husband no matter what his demands are of her. Griselda and Gualtieri were from different social classes. Griselda took on Gualtieri’s covertures’ or her status once her and Gualtieri were married. She instantly went from being poor and a peasant to a life of luxury and royalty due to her husband’s social status. This gave Gualtieri the sense that he could treat his wife any way he chose because of their inequality. Griselda knew deep down that she was not an equal to her husband and that he could do with her as he pleased. Griselda even professed to her husband their inequality when he demanded her to leave his home and return to her father’s home so that he can marry a noble woman. She states: “My lord, I have always known that my lowly condition was totally at odds with your nobility, and that it is to God and to yourself that I owe whatever standing I possess. Nor have
I ever regarded this as a gift that I might keep and cherish as my own,

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