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<h2><i>Overview of Methods</i></h2>
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<td class="front"><h3>Okay, so how do we do this?</h3>In order to try to establish whether or not The
Decameron was a feminist text, we had to find a way to measure the relative
"feminism" present in The Decameron. Eventually we got the idea to tag the
speech and actions for certain attributes that we thought might be good
indicators to whether or not Boccaccio truly wrote The Decameron for women. We
did this by picking attributes and assigning those attributes to the gender which exhibited them in a particular instance. If Boccaccio leaned
towards more stereotypical depictions of women, i.e., women being docile, naive,
etc., we could deduce that
the text was not feminist, and vice versa. We tagged the action attributes with
"span" tags, and the speech attributes with "said" tags. The attribute for
gender, when someone has done an action, was "resp", the gender for what someone
said was "who". For both actions and speech we used "style". We only gave one
tag per action or speech, and used our best judgement to determine which
attribute was most appropriate in each situation. Please look below for detailed information about the attributes we used. </td>
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<h2><i>Speach Attribute Table</i></h2>
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<td>Assertive</td>
<td>Used when a character asserts their movitives through speech</td>
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<td>Blasphemous</td>
<td>Used when a character references god in a disrespectful or taboo way.</td>
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<td>Clever</td>
<td>Used when a character uses their wits to skew a conversation in their
favor.</td>
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<td>Confident</td>
<td>Used when a character speaks with a bravado and fearlessness, but not in a blunt
or rude manner.</td>
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<td>Faithful</td>
<td>Used when a character proclaims their devotion for another amidst
temptation.</td>
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<td>Deceptive</td>
<td>Used when a character knowingly lies about something in order to get what they
want.</td>
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<td>Docile</td>
<td>Used when a character speaks in a compliant way, usually in response to an order
or request by another.</td>
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<td>Lustful</td>
<td>Used when a character speaks to another in a manner accosting them about their
sexuality or beauty.</td>
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<td>Honest</td>
<td>Used when a character proclaims the truth.</td>
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<td>Naive</td>
<td>Used when a character speaks in a gullible, innocent way.</td>
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<h2><i>Action Attribute Table</i></h2>
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<td>Avaracious</td>
<td>Used when a character behaves in a greedy way, trying to get that which they
have no right to.</td>
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<td>Passive</td>
<td>Used when a character accepts a current unpleasant situation or acts in an
obedient manner.</td>
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<td>Foolish</td>
<td>Used when a character behaves in a gullible or ignorant manner.</td>
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<td>Innocent</td>
<td>Used when a character behaves in a pure, unassuming manner.</td>
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<td>Pragmatic</td>
<td>Used when a character behaves in a matter of fact, practical way.</td>
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<td>Sacreligious</td>
<td>Used when a character behaves in a way that goes against god or religion.</td>
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<td>Sexual</td>
<td>Used when a character behaves in a overtly carnal manner in the company of the
opposite sex.</td>
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<td>Violent</td>
<td>Used when a character behaves in an aggressive way, in which bodily harm is
inflicted on another person or animal.</td>
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<td>Well-Mannered</td>
<td>Used when a character behaves in a chivalrous, respectable, or polite way.</td>
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<td>Manipulative</td>
<td>Used when a character tries to influence a situation so that the outcome will be
in their favor.</td>
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