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"Federigo's Falcon"

Author: Giovanni Biccaccio

Nationality: Italian

Genre: short story

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themes: a) love is more rewarding than money
b) part of love is being willing to make sacrifices

internal conflict: a)Federigo must decide if he will kill his pet bird or send Giovanna away without a respectable meal
b)Giovanna must decide if she will ask Federigo to give his pet bird to her sick son or not

symbol: the falcon represents Federigo's deep love & willingness to sacrifice anything for Giovanna

dramatic irony: a)we know Giovanna wants the bird; Federigo does not & kills it
b) we know Giovanna is eating the bird she wants; Giovanna does not until later

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