Federigo’s Falcon can be compared to Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by the romance and misfortunes in both stories, but unlike “Sir Gawain…”, Federigo’s Falcon
Federigo’s Falcon is an ironic tale with three main characters who all have misfortunes in their lives. Federigo’s falcon links Federigo, Monna, and her son in this story. The story illustrates many varieties of love like courtly, maternal, marital, and even human affection for a pet, and highlights the lengths an individual will go in the pursuit of love. After getting married, Monna is blessed with a son who becomes friends with Federigo, but later in the story the boy is announced that he is sick. He asked his mother for one request, “Mother, if you can arrange for me to have Federigo’s falcon, I think I would get well quickly.” Of course Monna would want to fulfill her son’s request, so she wanted to talk to Federigo over dinner. Federigo was flattered, but he had no food to put on the table, so Federigo snaps the neck of his falcon so they could feast on it for “good manners.” It then becomes a huge problem for both character, but Monna’s son dies from his illness and Federigo thought he lose the love of his life, but the story ends in happiness when Monna and Federigo get married.
Federigo’s Falcon shows how a man who is completely devoted to a woman, that he sacrifices his own falcon that he loves just to win her over. He then realizes how much a fool he was for losing his falcon for nothing, until later in the story where Monna decides to marry him after all. Irony is the only word that comes through my mind when this story is told to me.