THIRD PAPER (8 pages). Choose anyone topic of your preference. 1) Discuss the role of conversation, or dialogue, in The Decameron and in the Arabian Nights. Compare and contrast no more than two examples, one from each work. Discuss and make sure to include any quotation that may help you support your views. In order to satisfy this topic, please consider the etymology of the word “conversation.” https://www.etymonline.com/word/conversation
2) How is storytelling salvific (healthy, able to save people from dangerous or unethical situations) in The Arabian Nights and in Boccaccio’s Decameron? (Consider the following: Do the stories help listeners psychologically, morally, or in other ways?) Discuss and make sure to include any quotation that may help you support your views.
3) Discuss the thematic importance of “paying attention” to those in need of help, in both The Decameron and The Arabian Nights. For this you may want to consider the narrator’s initial words in the Author’s Forward of The Decameron, and Simone Weil’s proverbial words, “Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.” and make sure to include any quotation that may help you support your views.
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