The falcon symbolizes the conflicts of fortune and selfless love. A falcon stands at the top of a bird hierarchy as a majestic, noble, and powerful bird. A bird, however, has mortality. The falcon’s mortality represents fortune, and the power of the falcon represents selfless love. The falcon serves as a symbol of fortune’s triumph over selfless love when Monna Giovanna contemplates, “How can I be so heartless as to deprive so noble a man of his one remaining pleasure”. Federigo’s falcon, or his one remaining materialistic possession, nearly prevents Monna Giovanna from approaching Federigo. The falcon serves as a symbol of fortune’s triumph over selfless love by preventing interactions that could lead to love between Monna Giovanna and Federigo. The falcon also serves as a symbol of Monna Giovanna’s loss, in which, “Hopes of obtaining the falcon had diminished…the child passed away from his life”. The falcon here represents as something Monna Giovanna cannot have. It also serves as a symbol of Monna Giovanna’s loss, as because she cannot have the falcon, she loses her son. The falcon also serves as a symbol of selfless love’s triumph over fortune in which, “Federigo’s high merits and his latest act of generosity, namely to have killed such a fine falcon”. The falcon serves as a symbol of selfless love’s triumph over fortune by explaining how the falcon’s lead to a decrease in materialistic possession, which allowed for Monna Giovanna to admire Federigo’s generosity, which eventually lead to love.