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Lovesickness in Giovanni Boccaccio's Decameron

Day 4, story 5 of Giovanni Boccaccio's Decameron sketches the story about the tragedy of a young couple, Lorenzo and Lisabetta. While the section initially sets up with a long, romantic lament, Lisabetta soon take action as a gardener to devote herself to her sorrow. This transition demonstrates that the love Lisabetta has strongly attached to her and cannot be separate from her. Because of her strong attachment to this love, Lisabetta's self-consciousness has showed her a resolution that can help her to escape this long lament. When she taking care of the pot, the narrators indicates how much she missed Lorenzo and spend time with the pot-both in term of love and sexual desire-in order to provide self-comfort. Eventually, her brothers found out about the secret of pot and steal it from her; this caused great pain in her life because she has once again lost her love to Lorenzo.

Both the narrator's descriptions and Lisabetta's actions reveal that it is the desire of love and sex that caused her great grief and sorrow.

The narrator describes Lisabetta as unable to detach her love from Lorenzo and grief heavily until her self-consciousness shows her a vision of Lorenzo. Lisabetta is lovesick about Lorenzo because she loves him so much that she did not know what happen to him since he did not come back from his trip. However, she does not know that her brothers killed Lorenzo and lied about the trip

"One night, after crying so much over Lorenzo's absence that she finally cried herself to sleep, he appeared to her in a dream, pallid and terribly disheveled, his clothes torn to shreds and rotting, and it seemed to her that he said:...