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The Influence of Dante's Inferno - Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy is an epic poem that begins with the Inferno. The Inferno is an extremely influential part of European literature. The structure of story is for many people a piece of the vision of Hell. Religiously, this poem has had great prevalence. Dante paints a picture of the Hell that is both unsettling and justifiable. A whole world is created through his poem. The levels and intensity of sin is pondered. Crime is put to a level of small to large scale. Those that are intentional and calculated are deemed more heinous than those that are out of passion....   [tags: Dante's Inferno Essays]
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The Structure and Content of Dante's Inferno - In his first article of The Inferno, Dante Alighieri starts to present a vivid view of Hell by taking a journey through many levels of it with his master Virgil. This voyage constitutes the main plot of the poem. The opening Canto mainly shows that, on halfway through his life, the poet Dante finds himself lost in a dark forest by wandering into a tangled valley. Being totally scared and disoriented, Dante sees the sunshine coming down from a hilltop, so he attempts to climb toward the light. However, he encounters three wild beasts on the way up to the mountain—a leopard, a lion, and a she-wolf—which force him to turn back....   [tags: Dante's Inferno Essays] 1106 words
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The Violence of Dante's Inferno - In Dante Alighieri’s Inferno there is an abundant amount of violence shown in many ways. Literary critics say that violence does not appear in readings for its own sake, which is proven throughout The Inferno. As the levels of Hell increase, the severity of violence does so as well. This violence occurs in many ways, sometimes mentally, sometimes physically and many times both combined. Some people may not enjoy the book for its violence, however, the violence of Dante’s Inferno contributes to the dark theme and mood of the book, showing Alighieri’s meaning even more....   [tags: Dante's Inferno Essays] 663 words
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Dante's Inferno: The Levels of Hell - Dante's Inferno: The Levels of Hell Level One According to Dante, there are various levels in hell. The first level in Hell is called Limbo. All the individuals who die before being baptized and those who live as virtuous pagans are condemned to spend the rest of eternity at this level. The people being referred to in this level are those who die before accepting Christianity. All the individuals who die non-Christians, including philosophers who typically do not associate themselves with any religion are going to be condemned to this level for eternity....   [tags: Dante's Inferno Essays]
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Analysis of Dante's Inferno - In Dante’s Inferno, Dante is taken on a journey through hell. On this journey, Dane sees the many different forms of sins, and each with its own unique contrapasso, or counter-suffering. Each of these punishments reflects the sin of a person, usually offering some ironic way of suffering as a sort of revenge for breaking God’s law. As Dante wrote this work and developed the contrapassos, he allows himself to play God, deciding who is in hell and why they are there. He uses this opportunity to strike at his foes, placing them in the bowels of hell, saying that they have nothing to look forward to but the agony of suffering and the separation from God....   [tags: Dante's Inferno Essays] 758 words
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God's Justice in The Inferno by Dante Alighieri - “The Inferno” was written in the early fourteenth century by Italian politician Dante Alighieri, the book is the first part of the epic poem the “Divine Comedy” and it is followed by “Purgatorio” and “Paradiso”. The book “Inferno”, which is the Italian translation for Hell, narrates the journey of its author through what he believes is Hell, consisting of nine circles of suffering underneath the earth. In his journey Dante is guided through the nine regions by the poet Virgil, who represents Human Reason, each circle in the book represents a different type of sin with a different type of punishment, varying according to the degree of offense they committed in life....   [tags: The Inferno, Dante Alighieri]
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God's Just Punishments and the Inferno of Dante - In The Inferno of Dante, Dante creates a striking correspondence between a soul’s sin on Earth and the punishment it receives in hell for that sin. This simple idea serves to illuminate one of Dante’s recurring themes: the perfection of god’s justice. Bearing the inscription the gates of hell explicitly state that god was moved to create hell by justice. Wisdom was employed to know what punishments would be just, power to create the forms of justice, and love to show that the punishments are conditioned with compassion, however difficult it may be to recognize (and the topic of a totally separate paper)....   [tags: Dante's Inferno Essays] 439 words
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Francesca's Style in Canto V of Dante's Inferno - Francesca's Style in Canto V of Dante's Inferno Canto V of Dante's Inferno begins and ends with confession. The frightening image of Minos who «confesses» the damned sinners and then hurls them down to their eternal punishment contrasts with the almost familial image of Francesca and Dante, who confess to one another. In a real sense confession seems to be defective or inadequate in Hell. The huddled masses who declare their sins to Minos do so because they are compelled to declare or make manifest in speech the character of their offenses and although they confess everything (each soul «tutta si confessa», v....   [tags: Inferno]
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Outside Influences on Dante’s Inferno - Anyone who has read Dante’s Inferno is familiar with a certain main character, Virgil. Who is this Virgil that Dante put in his book and where did Dante get the idea of having Virgil as his guide on Dante’s journey through the spirit world. In addition to Virgil, readers of Inferno are also familiar with concepts and characters such as God, angles, demons, Satan, and Hell. Where did Dante get these concepts. Dante did not come up with these ideas on his own, but used familiar characters and places from outside sources such as the Aeneid and the Bible to create his epic poem....   [tags: Dante's Inferno Essays]
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Canto 8 of Dante’s Inferno - In recent discussions of Canto 8 of Dante’s Inferno, many scholars have argued about Dante the pilgrim’s controversial abuse of one of the wrathful sinners of the fifth circle, Filippo Argenti. The altercation between the two is viewed in numerous lights. From one perspective it is seen as unjustified (ira mala) because Dante is seen as guilty of the sin being punished for in this circle, but also because his response was wrongly motivated. Others state that Dante’s anger was righteous (ira bona) because there was proper reasoning behind it....   [tags: Dante's Inferno Essays]
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The True Meaning of Dante´s Inferno - Religious people always fear that they will not make it to Heaven or the place their God resides. The bible and other religious text give advice on how to avoid the pain of Hell. Dante Alighieri, a famous Italian poet, wrote about the physical description of Hell and the punishments each sinner would receive for their sins. Although The Divine Comedy chronicles Dante's journey from the depths of Hell to the glory of Heaven it contains a deeper meaning. Dante reveals the true meaning of the Inferno through his leading motif, his interactions between the sinners, and the intertwining of other literary works into the Inferno....   [tags: The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri, The Inferno]
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The Essay From Hell: Dante's Inferno - ... He did, however, throughout the show, constantly try to do anything to get a woman to go to bed with him, so he would be put in the panderers and seducers part of Hell. This would be the Eighth Circle, First Pouch. As Dante is walking he stumbles upon a man by the name of Venedico Caccianermico. He is put there for tricking and seducing women. A demon then says, "Be off, you pimp, / there are no women here for you to trick" (Canto XVIII 65-66). This describes Brian's sins of seducing women to an extent....   [tags: Aighieri Dante, Inferno, Literary Analysis]
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Dante's Inferno - At the start of the poem we find Dante in the dark forest(Inf. 1.2). Not much description is given maybe to show Dante’s disorientation. Whether the disorientation is spiritual, physical, moral or political; that is unclear at the start of the poem. The poem us written this way so reader can identify with Dante. It is also written in such a way that sometimes it is difficult to understand some parts, you sometimes have to read it backwards to get a better understanding. The way Dante characterizes the dark woods has a lot of ideas taken from various traditions....   [tags: Dante's Inferno Essays] 1433 words
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The Role and Function of the Major Monsters in Dante’s Inferno - In Dante’s Inferno, throughout the epic journey of the character Dante into the depth of Hell, he encounters a number of beasts and monsters as he passes along the way, especially through the seven stations of the greatest monsters of Hell. The most significant of these seven major monsters is of central importance to the character Dante’s journey as well as to the narrative, for these monsters not only challenge the presence of the character Dante in Hell, but they are also the important custodians of Hell....   [tags: Dante’s Inferno Essays] 1944 words
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The Opening Foundational Themes of Dante’s Inferno - The Divine Comedy, written by Dante Alighieri somewhere around the year 1308 and originally called The Comedy, is widely considered one of the preeminent works of Italian literature. It is an epic poem that consists of three books: Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise, which chronicle (narrate) the adventures of Dante the Pilgrim (a fictitious character personified by Dante himself) in his travels through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven. Although frightening on a literal level, on a more significant level it represents allegorically a deeper subject: the trials of the human soul to achieve morality and find unity with God....   [tags: Dante's Inferno Essays]
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The Beasts and Monsters in Dante's Inferno - The Beasts and Monsters in Dante's Inferno The Inferno is the first section of Dante's three-part poem, The Divine Comedy. Throughout Dante's epic journey into the depths of Inferno he encounters thirty monsters and five hybrid creatures.  The most significant of these monsters are of central importance to his journey and to the narrative, as they not only challenge Dante's presence in Inferno, but are custodians of Hell, keeping in order or guarding the "perduta gente".  In this essay I am concentrating on these prominent beasts, namely Minos, Cerberus, Plutus and Geryon, establishing why they feature in Dante's eschatological vision and discussing the sources which influenced his inclus...   [tags: Divine Comedy Inferno Essays] 2974 words
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Dante's Inferno: Combining 13th Century beliefs with Great Literature - Since the beginnings of time, legions of people have all had their own interpretation of the “after-life”, and if there even is one. Many philosophies, religions, and individuals have all asked themselves the same question at one point or another: Is there a Heaven or a Hell. Where will my body go. Will my soul follow. Although there are many texts that strive to answer these questions, Dante’s Inferno is the only one that combines 13th century beliefs along with great literature. Dante Alighieri lived in Florence, Italy throughout the late 13th century....   [tags: Dante's Inferno Essays]
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Divine Intellect in Dante's Inferno - Divine Intellect in Dante's Inferno        In Canto XI of Dante's Inferno, Virgil carefully explains the layout of hell to his student, Dante. Toward the end of his speech, Virgil says that "Sodom and Cahors" are "speak[ing] in passionate contempt of God," (XI, 50-51), and divine will thus relegates them to the seventh circle. The sin of the Sodomites is clear for Dante, who poses no question on the matter, sodomy perhaps being an obvious affront to God which the bible directly addresses....   [tags: Divine Comedy Inferno Essays]
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Language in Dante’s Inferno - Language in Dante’s Inferno What happens to language in hell. In Dante’s Inferno, the journeying pilgrim explores language’s variations and nuances as he attempts to communicate with hell’s pitiable and sordid inhabitants, despite multiple language barriers and relentless cacophonies. Dante thematically unifies language’s inconsistencies in hell; that is, he associates the pilgrim’s abortive attempts to communicate with particular shades, and the incomprehensible languages and sounds that beleaguer him, with a symbol from Christian mythology: the Tower of Babel....   [tags: Divine Comedy Inferno Essays]
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Divine Comedy - The Trinity in Dante's Inferno - The Trinity in The Inferno        Dante's Inferno, itself one piece of a literary trilogy, repeatedly deploys the leitmotif of the number three as a metaphor for ambiguity, compromise, and transition. A work in terza rima that details a descent through Nine Circles of Hell, The Inferno encompasses temporal, literary, and political bridges and chasms that link Dante's inspired Centaur work between the autobiographical and the fictive, the mundane and the divine and, from a contemporary viewpoint, the Medieval and the Modern‹Dante's recognition of the Renaissance as our millennium's metamorphic period and of himself as its poetic forerunner (until deposition by Shakespeare)....   [tags: Divine Comedy Inferno Essays]
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Pursuit of Knowledge in Inferno and The Open Boat - Pursuit of Knowledge in Inferno and The Open Boat It is inherent for man to want to understand more about himself and the universe in which he lives. Galilio Galilei stated, "I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use." However, the pursuit of knowledge has not been easy, for man has endured several obstacles, whether willingly or by chance as presented in Genesis, Dante's "Inferno," and Stephen Crane's "The Open Boat." Since his creation, man has encountered obstacles in his pursuit of knowledge....   [tags: Divine Comedy Inferno Essays] 630 words
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Dante's Inferno: Dante's Journey Toward Enlightenment - Dante's Inferno: Dante's Journey Toward Enlightenment While reading Dante’s Inferno I couldn’t help but draw parallels between the journey of the protagonist and the belief system of the Buddhist religion. Dante believed we must understand sin before we can reject it, and Buddha believed that before we can reject sin, we must suffer also. Examining these two tenets side by side makes the similarities undeniably apparent; they both seem to be purporting the message that there cannot be pain without pleasure, truth without dishonesty or enlightenment with suffering....   [tags: Dante's Inferno]
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Divine Comedy - The Guardians of Dante's Inferno - The Guardians of Dante's Inferno      Dante's Inferno is one of the best written works of all time because it was written as an allegory inside an excellent story.  A key part of this allegory was how Dante used different guardians in the various circles of hell.  These guardians were used to symbolize the punishments of the sinners.      Minos is the guardian of Circle II, the circle of the Lustful.  He symbolizes an accusing personality because his job is to give punishments to the sinners.  The bodies of the sinners confess the sins automatically, and that shows the sinners know everything about themselves when it is too late to repent.  Minos is important becau...   [tags: Divine Comedy Inferno Essays] 1272 words
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Perception Dante Alighieri’s in The Inferno - Perception Dante Alighieri’s in The Inferno In The Inferno, Dante Alighieri, the poet, places a strong emphasis on perception; it is through sight that Dante the pilgrim can acknowledge and learn from his experience in hell. Sight plays an especially crucial role in the work because Dante, the pilgrim, is often captivated by an image of some kind. The sight of the sinners transfixes Dante; and the sinners are, in turn, captivated with Dante and Virgil. It would seem that everything Dante observes through his journey would be enlightening....   [tags: Divine Comedy Inferno Essays]
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Divine Comedy - Autobiographical Journey in Dante’s Inferno - Dante’s Inferno - Autobiographical Journey The Inferno is more than just a fictional story about someone traveling through the universe. It is actually more like an autobiographical journey of life through its author, Dante Alighieri’s eyes. Written in the early 1300s by a disgruntled Dante living in exile, he literally describes a man who has been trapped, and must find a way to escape. Allegorically, he’s telling us about the terrible moment of crisis that occurs in each one of our lives “when evil inside and outside of ourselves seems to block any hope for further constructive development”....   [tags: Divine Comedy Inferno Essays] 605 words
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Dante's Inferno - Dante's Inferno It was sometime in the middle of the 17th century that British cleric Thomas Fuller wrote, "He that falls into sin is a man; that grieves at it, is a saint; that boasteth of it, is a devil." If Fuller was right, where does one place Dante, the pilgrim who bravely wandered where no man had wandered before. Certainly, the sojourner precisely written by the poet of the same name was a man. Certainly, also, he repented his sinful ways (how could one not after braving not only the depths of Hell but later the stretches of Purgatory and the "many waters" of Heaven?), but he was no saint....   [tags: Dante Inferno Essays] 867 words
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Dante's Divine Comedy - Symbolism in the Punishment of Sin in The Inferno - The Symbolism in the Punishment of Sin in Dante's Inferno     Inferno, the first part of Divina Commedia, or the Divine Comedy, by Dante Alighieri, is the story of a man's journey through Hell and the observance of punishments incurred as a result of the committance of sin. In all cases the severity of the punishment, and the punishment itself, has a direct correlation to the sin committed. The punishments are fitting in that they are symbolic of the actual sin; in other words, "They got what they wanted." (Literature of the Western World, p.1409) According to Dante, Hell has two divisions: Upper Hell, devoted to those who perpetrated sins of incontinence, and Lower Hell, devoted to thos...   [tags: Divine Comedy Inferno Essays]
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Dante's Divine Comedy - Good and Evil in The Inferno - Lessons of Good and Evil in The Inferno      In The Inferno, Dante explores the ideas of Good and Evil. He expands on the possibilities of life and death, and he makes clear that consequences follow actions. Like a small generator moving a small wheel, Dante uses a single character to move through the entire of Hell's eternity. Yet, like a clock, that small wheel is pivotal in turning many, many others. This single character, Dante himself, reveals the most important abstract meaning in himself: A message to man; a warning about mankind's destiny....   [tags: Divine Comedy Inferno Essays]
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Dante's Inferno - A Religious and Morally Challenging Experience - Dante's Inferno - A Religious and Morally Challenging Experience         Dante Alighieri, one of the greatest poets of the Middle Ages, was born in Florence, Italy on June 5, 1265.  He was born to a middle-class Florentine family.  At an early age he began to write poetry and became fascinated with lyrics.  During his adolescence, Dante fell inlove with a beautiful girl named Beatrice Portinari.  He saw her only twice but she provided much inspiration for his literary masterpieces....   [tags: Divine Comedy Inferno Essays]
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Divine Comedy - Indignation and Sin in Dante’s Inferno - Righteous Indignation and the Sin of Intemperate Anger in the Inferno Allora stese al legno ambo le mani; per che 'l maestro accorto lo sospininse dicendo: 'Via costà con li altri cani!' Then he reached out to the boat with both hands; on which the wary Master thrust him off, saying: "Away there with the other dogs!" Dante's and Virgil's scorn seems at first glance to echo the sin of intemperate anger which infects the foul waters of the Stygian marsh. Filippo Argenti, the weeping sinner who emerges from the mire, is eternally punished for his anger....   [tags: Divine Comedy Inferno Essays] 1355 words
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Divine Comedy - Contrapasso of Dante’s Inferno - Inferno - Contrapasso In Dante’s Inferno, Dante takes a journey with Virgil through the many levels of Hell in order to experience and see the different punishments that sinners must endure for all eternity. As Dante and Virgil descend into the bowels of Hell, it becomes clear that the suffering increases as they continue to move lower into Hell, the conical recess in the earth created when Lucifer fell from Heaven. Dante values the health of society over self. This becomes evident as the sinners against society experience suffering greater than those suffer which were only responsible for sinning against themselves....   [tags: Divine Comedy Inferno Essays]
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Dante's Divine Comedy - Wolf Imagery in The Inferno - Dante's Divine Comedy - Wolf Imagery in The Inferno For years, I hunger like a wolf for a study of Dante, wracked with my own kind of greediness for knowledge of Dante's vision of the journey down. This hunger is fed by my initiation and priestesshood into a mystery tradition based on teachings that date back to 14th century Italy[i]. Through the years of my involvement with this tradition, I attempt to view the world through the lens of a 14th century Italian woman, trying to understand the deeper meaning of the rituals and myths....   [tags: Divine Comedy Inferno Essays]
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Divine Comedy - St.Augustine in Dante’s Inferno - St.Augustine in the Inferno It is hard to place St. Augustine within just one of the levels of Dante’s hell for his sins were varied and not great. Today many of his sins are commonplace. For example, most people attempt to better their own lives without regard of others. They attempt to increase their standard of living and gain more worldly possessions. They are neither good nor evil but are just trying to make a living and keep up in today’s fend-for-yourself society. Before Augustine’s conversion, this was his goal....   [tags: Divine Comedy Inferno Essays] 1160 words
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Divine Comedy - Mastery of Language in Dante’s Inferno - Mastery of Language In The Inferno - Dante’s Immortal Drama of a Journey Through Hell, Dante allows the reader to experience his every move.  His mastery of language, his sensitivity to the sights and sounds of nature, and his infinite store of knowledge allow him to capture and draw the reader into the realm of the terrestrial hell.  In Canto 6, the Gluttons; Canto 13, the Violent Against Themselves; and Canto 23, the Hypocrites; Dante excels in his detailed portrayal of the supernatural world of hell.  In each canto, Dante combines his mastery of language with his sensitivity to the sights and sounds of nature to set the stage.  He then reinforces the image with examples that call upon...   [tags: Divine Comedy Inferno Essays] 1887 words
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Divine Comedy - Sin and Judgment in Dante's Inferno - Dante's Concept of Sin and Judgment in The Inferno        Infidelity, murder, betrayal, and conspiracy all play an integral part in the story of the relationship between Jason and Medea. Jason is guilty of all four acts and Medea involves herself in three. Yet, perhaps, in the eyes of Dante, Medea might fall further into the realm of Dis than Jason. But, should she. And, is Dante's view of Jason and his sentence in Hell appropriate.   From Dante's perspective, crimes of passion or desire are the least abhorrent and consequently deserve minimal punishment in comparison to what he believes are the more serious offenses....   [tags: Divine Comedy Inferno Essays]
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Analysis of the Inferno of Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy - Analysis of the Inferno of Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri is considered by many as the first great poem in the Italian language and perhaps the greatest poem written in Medieval Europe. The poem is so famous that one of the minor characters, Capaneus the great blasphemer, has his name on a mesa on one of Jupiter's moon Io (Blue, 1). Also, the poem is divided into three canticles, or sections, "Inferno," "Purgatorio,' and "Paradisio." For the purposes of this paper, only "Inferno" will be discussed....   [tags: Inferno Dante Alighieri Divine Comedy]
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Finding Morality and Unity with God in Dante's Inferno - Finding Morality and Unity with God in Dante's Inferno Throughout the fast-paced lives of people, we are constantly making choices that shape who we are, as well as the world around us; however, one often debates the manner in which one should come to correct moral decisions, and achieve a virtuous existence. Dante has an uncanny ability to represent with such precision, the trials of the everyman’s soul to achieve morality and find unity with God, while setting forth the beauty, humor, and horror of human life....   [tags: Alighieri Biography Dante's Inferno Essays] 1404 words
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Dante's Divine Comedy - Close Reading of Canto V of the Inferno - Dante's Inferno: A Close Reading of Canto V   Dante Alighieri presents a vivid and awakening view of the depths of Hell in the first book of his Divine Comedy, the Inferno. The reader is allowed to contemplate the state of his own soul as Dante "visits" and views the state of the souls of those eternally assigned to Hell's hallows. While any one of the cantos written in Inferno will offer an excellent description of the suffering and justice of hell, Canto V offers a poignant view of the assignment of punishment based on the committed sin....   [tags: Divine Comedy Inferno Essays]
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Divine Comedy - Violent Against Art in Dante’s Inferno - Violent Against Art in Dante’s Inferno   When Dante uses the term "Violent Again Art" in the Inferno to label a section of the seventh circle, it can actually be interpreted to have two separate meanings as to what the sinners are being punished for. The first meaning of the phrase is taken in the context of the specific meaning of the word "art." This is the way that Dante most obviously meant it to mean. It is referring to artisanship, that is, the working of natural resources and the product of this labor....   [tags: Divine Comedy Inferno Essays] 2106 words
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Divine Comedy - Dante and Virgil's Relationship in Canto XIV of Dante’s Inferno - Dante and Virgil's Relationship in Canto XIV of Dante’s Inferno In Canto XIV of Dante’s Inferno, Virgil describes the statue of the Old Man of Crete. Dante uses the Old Man of Crete as a metaphor for Virgil’s legacy in order to elucidate the nature of Dante’s and Virgil’s relationship. In the beginning of the metaphor, Dante carefully and methodically illustrates the grandeur of the Greek empire and Roman civilization. "[Mount Ida] was once chosen," Virgil explains, "as a trusted cradle/ by Rhea for her son" (XIV.100-101)....   [tags: Divine Comedy Inferno Essays] 841 words
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Dante’s Inferno - The Evolving Relationship between Dante the Pilgrim and Virgil the Guide - Dante’s Inferno -  The Evolving Relationship between Dante the Pilgrim and Virgil the Guide     In Dante’s Inferno, the relationship between Dante the Pilgrim and Virgil the Guide is an ever-evolving one. By analyzing the transformation of this relationship as the two sojourn through the circles of hell, one is able to learn more about the mindset of Dante the Poet.  At the outset, Dante is clearly subservient to Virgil, whom he holds in high esteem for his literary genius. However, as the work progresses, Virgil facilitates Dante’s spiritual enlightenment, so that by the end, Dante has ascended to Virgil’s spiritual level and has in many respects surpassed him....   [tags: Divine Comedy Inferno Essays]
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Divine Comedy - The Medieval Church and Dante's Inferno - The Medieval Church and Dante's Inferno       Some people think that the medieval churches view on sin, redemption, heaven and hell was very complex, but actually the churches views were straight and to the point. I will discuss with you what sin, redemption, heaven and hell were to the medieval churches and I will also share some examples in the story that will help you better understand The Inferno and the medieval churches views. Let's begin with sin. A sin was said to be a deliberate and purposeful violation of the will of God....   [tags: Divine Comedy Inferno Essays Religion Essays]
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Dante's Inferno - Summary 1. The sin is excessive hoarding and excessive spending. The contrapasso is that they have to push heavy weights with their chests around in half circles. This represents the constant burden of material wealth held over these sinners during their lives. In this way, yes, the punishment fits the crime. (Gallagher) 2. Dante names no specific residents of Circle 4, but he notes that many of them are bald as they were the priests, popes, and cardinals who worked for the money and fame as opposed to for God....   [tags: Dante, Inferno Essays]
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Characters and Creatures of Inferno - Characters and Creatures of Inferno Throughout Dante's terrifying quest into the depths of Inferno he encounters many mythological characters and creatures. The legendary characters that Dante borrows from the Greek mythology are punished in his hell for deceiving others and succumbing to the excitement of passion, amongst them are Dido, Odysseus, Achilles, Paris and Helen, Tristan and Sinon. The mythical monsters oversee these damned souls. These imaginary creatures are of central importance to Dante’s journey and to the narrative, as they not only challenge his presence in Inferno, but also are guardians of Hell, judging and punishing the souls....   [tags: Classic Literature] 1468 words
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