Dante’s Inferno begins with Dante who is lost in the dark woods trying to ascend the mountain. He is blocked by three terrifying beasts, and turns back because out of fear. The ghost of Virgil appears before him in the dark woods, and wants to help guide Dante back on the correct path. Virgil is permitted by the heavens to take Dante through hell so that he may eventually reach heaven. Dante must overcome sin in his quest through hell, or he will be trapped there.
He... ... middle of paper ... ...dividual. He also shows his faith-based malice as he refuses to shed a frozen tear from Friar Alberigo's eyes. Dante proudly thinks, “[he] did not keep the promise [he] had made, for to be rude to him was courtesy” (Alighieri.XXXIII.154-155). Dante's initial swoons are relegated by profound hatred towards the sinners of Hell. He has finally understood how to hate sin.
This concept of punishment is the belief of ancient world. In Canto 4 ,the first circle of hell called Limbo, Dante had met many great writers of ancient world such as Statius,Horace, Ovid, and Lucan ; these writers lead Dante to castle where he met other souls of philosopher like Aristotle, Socrates, and Plato . These writer and philosophers were very famous. They died then went to hell, because they did not know Christ who is God and they had no sin.Through this first circle, the author had used ancient Greek philosophers and writers to relate the past history, elements of artwork, and literature of ancient Geek in christian world . The next circle th... ... middle of paper ... ...at Ruggieri’s head from the back for how angry he felt.
In actuality it is a hidden portal to a new meaning of Dante's Inferno. Dante the pilgrim wakes up in the Dark Wood of Error without knowing how he got there. He tries to get to the Mount of Joy, but cannot, as the Leopard of Malice and Fraud, the Lion of Violence and Ambition, and the She-Wolf of Incontinence guard it. He cannot get passed them, so Beatrice, Dante's love, sends Virgil, who represents Human Reason, to come to help him, for man cannot get through Hell without the aid of Human Reason. Apparently, Dante thinks that the intellect can keep one from sinning.
In Cantos I, Dante is trying to find his way because he has lost “the straight path” (Dante 1405). He cannot ... ... middle of paper ... ...te clearly had an issue with people who committed fraud, hypocrites and blasphemers. Virgil goes on to explain the order of the circles as they grow smaller. Therefore each sin starts to be broken down and why the souls were placed in certain areas, Virgil and Dante focus on how their sins not only effect the person, but impacts God as well, Virgil says, ... because fraud is peculiar to man / it displeases God more; therefore the fraudulent are placed lower/ ……………………………………………………………………………………………... Violence is committed against the Deity/ by cursing Him and denying Him in one’s heart; (1448, 1449). There are times where Dante contrasts Hell with his society, hell is basically the self-centered and vile city which serves its own judgement at the expense of their citizens.
Virgil tries to open the gate but fails, so they were forced to wait on an angel to force the gates open. From the seventh circle to the end is finally where Dante gets to see the more aggressive sinners. As they proceed through all the stages Dante is scared and frightened. As they get deeper and deeper into the fiery pits of Hell Dante develops a sense of compassion and he speaks of the sinners he encounters with sorrow and pity. When he hears the names of some of the sinners he feels compelle... ... middle of paper ... ...have different experiences with sin and their path to Heaven, they share similar overall goals in their excursions.
Dante’s Inferno has lasted the test of time, and though its writer didn’t necessarily believe this to be the true representation of Hell, he shows the world what his personal Hell would consist of. Throughout the text, Dante the Pilgrim is lead through Hell by one of the greatest poets the world has known, and Dante’s personal motivation for becoming a poet, Virgil. At one point, toward the end of their journey, when the pair reaches one of the lowest levels of Hell, Dante feels as if he can travel no more. He sinks to the ground in despair. This angers his guide, who reprimands Dante.
In order for Dante to elude contrapasso, he must go through Hell and see God’s punishment for each sin and truly repent to avoid the fate of sinners. Virgil represents the ability to reason that everyone has, Dante’s ability to reason, or Virgil, is taking him through Hell to seek redemption for his sins. At the beginning of the poem, Dante has lost his way in life and this is symbolized by Dante walking through the dark forest and attempting to find the path again but is encountered by a leopard, a lion, and a she-wolf and forced him to his inevitable journey through Hell and later to Heaven. Dante, hesitant at first, is told by Virgil that he must travel through Hell first, but will eventually to Heaven after he sees God’s perfect justice on sinners. With Dante, Virgil, and the many other symbols it can be conveyed that in order for the everyday man, or Dante, to get what he truly desires, or God’s grace, then he must be guided by his ability to reason, or Virgil.
Through his words, he is able to hype Dante up enough to want to finish writing Inferno, and make it through hell. But what does he say that is so inspirational? How does this passage fit in with the rest of the poem? The ‘Up on your feet’ passage can be broken into three parts, each with its own individual meaning. The three parts of the ‘Up on your feet’ passage in Dante’s Inferno relate to the rest of the poem because they address how far Dante has already come, his immediate future, and the rest of his journey.
By this Bocca means that he does not wish to share his deed, as he is most likely embarrassed. Considering Dante’s love of his country, I think that he included this confrontation to show that he too is embarrassed of his own treachery. The second primary example of Dante’s confrontation to his own sins is located in Canto Twenty-Three, the Hypocrites in ring six of Hell. I believe that the reason Dante acted so afraid in this Canto is because he felt guilty. During this Canto, Dante exclaims quite a few words revealing his discomfort.