AnnonymousIn the story Giovanni and Lusanna , written and researched by GeneBrucker, there is a woman who has taken her alleged husband to court,because he has married another woman. The story is a factual accountof what transpired during this court case and the remainder ofGiovannis life. There are several similarities between their worldand ours, but for the most part we live in a totally differentenvironment.
Our standards of living have greatly improved, but morethan that our society has grown more tolerant toward the people whodeviate from everyday standards.The story starts out with Lusanna as a married woman who caught theeye of a wealthy young man named Giovanni. As time wore on theyallegedly fell in love and enjoyed all of the pleasures of their love.It was later claimed by Lusanna that Giovanni had promised to marryher in the event of her husbands death. Her husband soon died aquestionable death that left open the possibility of poison. Unliketodays world divorce was unheard of, and unacceptable.
Giovanni thenrefused to marry her in a public wedding because his social statuswould be greatly hurt to marry some one in the working class ofFlorence. This is another example of why todays society is so muchdifferent from how it was when they lived.Another strange thing about their society is the open humiliationthat people were subjected to. It was said that Lusanna first husbandwas called a cuckold to his face. People who were said to earnmoney in a dirty fashion often had blood or paint thrown on theirsteps. These kinds of things are just not normal or permitted intodays world.
It is true that they do sometimes occur, but theresponsible party often ends up looking worse that the person theywere trying to hurt.Lusanna was said to have had several lovers. She was not able tobecome pregnant due to medical problems. This pretty much left herfree to have unprotected sex with as many lovers as she wanted. It istrue that there are women today with this same type of free loveattitude, but there are serious consequences in todays world that willgreatly hamper such a life style.
One thing that is very similar about their time and todays world inthe fact that women will condemn each other for being guilty ofimmoral acts. It seemed as though many of the women in this storywere aganist Lusanna because of her actions. There is no questionthat women in todays world act in a very similar manner. A differenceabout women in this day in age is that they have ea great deal morefreedom.
It was said in the book that a woman was not supposed to looka man in the eye while in public. They were with out question secondclass citizens.In this story Giovanni ended up having his way probably because ofwho he knew and what family he was a member of. In this world, nomatter when or where a person lives, the upper class will always havethe power. The fact is, money is power, and with the greed that isnaturally built into every human, money will consistently come out ontop.
It is very true that there are some similarities between thistime and that one, but it should be apparent that people of todaysworld have socially evolved.