The Great Sense Of Fear In Virgil And Dante

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All through Canto XVII, both Virgil and Dante showed a great sense of fear before the fraud monster Geryon. Although they have seen terrifying things within Hell, this weird beast is the first to make Virgil’s “flesh tremble”. Seeing this, it makes Dante shudder at the thought of his mighty Master and Guide to react in such a way. Not only is Dante shaken, but the reader finds Virgil’s fear unusual, since throughout the entire novel, Dante presents Virgil as a mighty, strong and wise guide. With this in mind, Dante’s frightening description and word choice portray the diction in this passage. Both tone and diction tie in together fluidly to give off an intimidating and terrifying sense. I completely agree with Dante’s reaction to Virgil’s fear, considering that I have had a somewhat similar experience. As a child, I looked at my mom as a strong and mighty woman. One time, we ran into a stray dog during the night, glaring at us in the dark, with it’s eyes glowing. My mom pushed me behind her and held my hand, but what scared me even more was her shaking hand. To see someone as your guide in life like Virgil is to Dante, to be scared, terrifies me more than the actual dog/beast. Therefore, I believe Dante’s trembling is understandable. This definitely depicts something about Virgil as a person. Virgil’s character is inconsistent throughout the novel, and this is the canto where it is evident. Even though Virgil has been through many scary situations, he after all is human and does get frightened like any normal human being. In situations like these, Human Reason may waver, which explains people’s unreasonable actions while they are in life threatening situations. Dante, who has learned how to throw away his pity towards the wrat... ... middle of paper ... ...eedom of religion, and therefore whatever anyone has to say about any religion, including mine, is their own opinion. If I was in Dante’s situation I would have not reacted so over-dramatically, but then again I understand that during those times, blasphemy was socially unacceptable. Dante describes the lizard’s body transformation into a human’s body, detail-by-detail and vice versa. The spirit that became a lizard now leaves, and the spirit who was a lizard chases it. The bizarre transformations are symbolic representations of the just punishments for the thieves. These people stole other people’s property, and now are victims of theft as other rob their bodies. I am certainly glad not to have witnessed such an experience, but I can say that I have seen something bizarre; the Human Centipede. It sent shivers down my spine while in the same mental state Dante was in

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