Canto V Essays

  • Francesca's Style in Canto V of Dante's Inferno

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    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

  • Dante's Divine Comedy - Close Reading of Canto V of the Inferno

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    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

  • Much Ado About Nothing: A Comedy with Deep Meaning

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    Much Ado About Nothing:  A Comedy with Deep Meaning Much Ado About Nothing--the title sounds, to a modern ear, offhand and self-effacing; we might expect the play that follows such a beginning to be a marvelous piece of fluff and not much more. However, the play and the title itself are weightier than they initially seem. Shakespeare used two other such titles--Twelfth Night, or What You Will and As You Like It--both of which send unexpected reverberations of meaning throughout their respective

  • Kings

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    Volume 1 : Inferno Cantos I - XI Canto I Halfway through his life, DANTE THE PILGRIM wakes to find himself lost in the dark wood. Terrified at being alone in so dismal a valley, he wanders until he comes to a hill bathed in sunlight, and his fear begins to leave him. But when he starts to climb the hill his path is blocked by three fierce beasts: first a LEOPARD, then a LION, and finally a SHE-WOLF. They fill him with fear and drive him back down to the sunless wood. At that moment the figure of

  • dante

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    in much of the painting, which can be symbolic of death. Fire is one of the only elements man can create so fire can also be seen as a symbol of mortality. Virgil said, "I come to lead you to the other shore, into eternal darkness, ice, and fire." (Canto III: line 87) This quote shows the connection of fire and Hell. Fire can also be representative of the Holy Spirit and this relates to Dante who ties religion into the Inferno. Fire is the background of much of the top of the painting. Virgil said

  • Fate of the Lustful in Canto V of Inferno

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    As we all know, a first impression is a lasting one. As true as this statement may be, when reading between the lines of someone’s seemingly innocent story, they can turn out to be totally different people. In Canto 5 of Inferno, this exact phenomenon is portrayed. Canto 5 brings us to the second circle of Hell, the circle for the lustful souls, where we meet Francesca and Paolo. These two sinners tell Dante a woeful tale of love and betrayal through their tears. Francesca, the woman who tells the

  • Use of the Mock-epic Style in The Rape of the Lock

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    trivial occurrences are substituted in place of truly fantastic possibilities (mighty cities falling, for instance) for the purpose of putting the lock's severing into a more realistic perspective — this is made even more explicit in the following canto (4,8 "[no-one ever] felt such rage, resentment, and despair / as thou, sad virgin! for thy ravished hair" — meaning that perhaps Belinda over-reacts, in Pope's opinion, just ever-so slightly.) He also then reinforces his satire with a broadening of

  • Wages of Sin Revealed in The Divine Comedy

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    around thirty four cantos. Each of these cantos marks a steady progression from the mildest to the worst of sins. The cantos depict sinners under various forms of punishment which are commensurate to the nature of their sins. Dante categorizes sin into three different categories of fraud, incontinence and violence. In canto I he mentions three animals namely , a leopard, a lion and a she-wolf. These animals act as symbolisms for the various types of sins. The sin^ñs depicted in canto XVIII are symbolized

  • Art Of Language In Dante's Inferno

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    every move. His art of language, sensitivity to the surroundings of nature, and his knowledge allow him to capture and draw the attention of the reader. In Canto 6, the Gluttons; Canto 13, Suicide, and Canto 23, the Hypocrite is where you see Alighieri do his best work. He excels in portraying the supernatural world of hell. In each canto, Dante combines his art of language with his sensitivity to nature to set the stage. He then reinforces the image with examples that call upon his knowledge

  • Divine Comedy - Mastery of Language in Dante’s Inferno

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    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

  • Contrapasso In Canto V With Francesca Da Rimini And Paolo

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    One example of Contrapasso is seen in Canto V with Francesca da Rimini and Paolo. These two characters find themselves in a situation described as an “infernal storm, eternal in its rage, sweeps and drives spirits in its blast: it whirls them, lashing them with punishment” (110.31-33). This punishment fits the crime here because the sinners guilty of lust have allowed themselves to be swept adrift according to their own passions instead of giving into God’s will; they are punished by no longer having

  • Comparison of Pope and Swift

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    Pope writes phrases about Belinda such as “And oped those eyes that must eclipse the day”. (Canto 1, 14) Belinda’s beauty is frequently praised by Pope throughout The Rape of the Lock and his representation of the nature and function of cosmetics is that it is an enhancer of her natural beauty. When Belinda goes to the mirror to put on her make-up, Pope writes that “A heavenly image in the glass appears”. (Canto 1, 125) Her beauty is praised by Pope in its natural form, and Pope describes the function

  • Byron's Don Juan - No Formal Ending is Needed

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    Formal Ending is Needed Lord Byron's chief masterpiece is probably the comic epic Don Juan, which occupied its author from 1818 until nearly the end of his life (Trueblood 14-15). The sheer length of the poem is in itself impressive; its seventeen cantos take Juan through a variety of adventures, including the famous affair with Donna Julia, the sojourn with Haidee, experiences in Turkey and later in Russia as a slave, and finally episodes in England among high society (Boyd 22-30). Remarkably, however

  • Divine Comedy - Dante and Virgil's Relationship in Canto XIV of Dante’s Inferno

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    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/

  • How Did Ezra Pound Collaborated With The Nazi Regime?

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    Propagandist Ezra Pound actively supported the ideologies of Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler during World War II. How was the case of this influential scholar different from other traitors who collaborated with the Nazi Regime? This is the central question for my research paper based on the research I have collected thus far. By studying how the life of Ezra Pound fits into the historiographical sequence of research I have gathered, it has become clearer that he was controversial later on because

  • Divine Intellect in Dante's Inferno

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    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. However

  • Theme of Temperance in The Faeirie Queene

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    which stand as monuments to individual According to Berger,  Alma's Castle functions as an 'archetype of human temperance'; Spenser specifically  describes the building in terms of the human body, relating it to Christian teachings; in  the first canto, he states: Of all Gods workes, which do this world adorn, There is no one more faire and excellent, Then is mans body both for powre and form, Whiles it is kept in sobre government... Spenser's statement borrows from the polemic of St

  • Ulysses Alighieri

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    Ulysses Alighieri In Dante’s “Inferno”, among many other sins, in Canto XXVI the “counselors of fraud” are being punished. These people are being constantly consumed by flames, and more importantly, as Dante points out, are forced to speak through the “tongues” or fire, which pains them greatly. This follows Dante’s idea of punishment that is the same as the sin -- just as they spoke falsely at ease, they should have great difficulty speaking now. The most prominent man in this bowge is a legendary

  • Dante's Divine Comedy - Eighth Circle of Hell in Canto XXVIII

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    Eighth Circle of Hell  in Canto XXVIII Who, even with untrammeled words and many attempts at telling, ever could recount in full the blood and wounds that I now saw?  Dante begins the opening of Canto XXVIII with a rhetorical question. Virgil and he have just arrived in the Ninth Abyss of the Eighth Circle of hell. In this pouch the Sowers of Discord and Schism are continually wounded by a demon with a sword. Dante poses a question to the reader: Who, even with untrammeled words and many attempts

  • Fourfold Analysis of the Fortune Tellers and Diviners

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    the pilgrim cries over the unfortunate sight. Amphiaraus, one of the many fortune tellers in this bolgia, tried to see too far ahead of him. “In life he wished to see too far before him, and now he must crabwalk backwards round this track” (Inferno, Canto XX, 162). When Dant...