It is in their actions that [human beings] universally meet with success or failure
1) In the Poetics Aristotle writes that “it is in their actions that [human beings] universally meet with success or failure.” In the Nicomachean Ethics he writes that reason, self control and moderation are important virtues and if human beings act according to the rule of these virtues they can attain happiness. In light of these views, explain how the Monk and the Abbot (Decameron Day I, Story 4) symbolize moral failure? Make sure to include any quotation that may help you support your views.
2) It is commonly accepted that laughter and comic tales are good sources of joy, pleasure, novelty, admiration and entertainment; and together they help people cope with sadness, depression, and other similar maladies. Considering the tales discussed in this course, thus far, how, in your opinion, do comic tales in the Decameron help alleviate psychological suffering? Discuss and make sure to include any quotation that may help you support your views. (Feel free to choose any two stories of your preference from the Decameron).
3) How is storytelling a means to serve justice for the pervasive corruption of Florence in the Decameron? Discuss and make sure to include any quotation that may help you support your views.
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