on the ground. Canto XXIII Summary Dante and Virgil walk in a single file quietly from the fifth pouch to the sixth pouch of the eighth circle. As they walk, the disturbances of the demons remind Dante of the Aesop fable, about the mouse and the frog. Dante starts to worry that they have irritated the Malebranche, who are the demons who patrol the fifth pouch. He fears that they are after them, and his hair curls up. These thoughts overwhelm Dante, and he decides to share them with Virgil
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
The Comparison of Dante's Inferno and the Purgatorio There are many differences in the Inferno and the Purgatorio of Dante Alghieri, from the differences in atmosphere and attitude, darkness and light, between sins and their punishments as well as the characters of the Comedy. My purpose is to shed light on what I found to be interesting differences of the two. I would like to begin with the comparison of the coming of the old men in both the Inferno and the Purgatorio. In the Inferno it starts
human nature. Dante's descent into hell is initially so that Dante can see how he can better live his life, free of weaknesses that may ultimately be his ticket to hell. Through the first ten cantos, Dante portrays how each level of his hell is a manifestation of human weakness and a loss of hope, which ultimately Dante uses to purge and learn from. Dante, himself, is about to fall into the weaknesses of humans, before there is some divine intervention on the part of his love Beatrice, who is in heaven
voice to the idea that the ubiquity of human suffering does not mean that all hope is lost. In Inferno, suffering is an aspect of the human experience, but not the only aspect, and it does not have to define one’s life. Works Cited Alghieri, Dante. The Divine Comedy, Volume I: Inferno. New York: Penguin, 2003. Print. Shakespeare, William. King Lear. New York: Dover, 1994. Print.