In the film,
II Decameron, Boccaccio explores various
concepts in several episodes with different characters and scenes. One of the
main points examined by Boccaccio analyzes the concept of sin and he portrays
the way in which the characters deal with the sin in the world around them. In
the fourth chapter of the movie, a merchant named Ciappelletto sets out to make
a deal. While dining with his friends, he passes out on the table due to a
serious illness that forces him to be bedridden. It appears that Ciappelletto
has a bad reputation, according to the two other men he was conversing with,
implying that his life was devoted to sin and profit and that it would be
difficult to find someone he could confess to, as they believed that he would die
soon. The two said: “For sins like his, there’s no confessor. No one could
absolve him!” (II Decameron 49:30). They
call a priest in order to allow Ciappelletto to confess his sins before he
would pass away, and he deceives the priest by telling countless lies. In the
end, the priest and Ciappelletto’s friends consider making him a saint, and he
is celebrated as a martyr after his death. Thus, Ciappelletto dealt with his
sin with more misdeeds as he lied to a religious figure and was falsely revered
as a hero. 

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