Dante’s Inferno Essays

  • Dante's Inferno: Dante's Journey Toward Enlightenment

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    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

  • Comparing the Struggle in Dante’s Inferno and Book VI of The Aeneid

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    Infernal Struggle in Dante’s Inferno and Book VI of The Aeneid Does hell have its own history? For Dante, the structural and thematic history of ‘hell’ in the Inferno begins with the Roman epic tradition and its champion poet, Virgil. By drawing heavily from the characteristics of hell in Book VI of The Aeneid, Dante carries the epic tradition into the medieval world and affirms his indebtedness to Virgil’s poetry. Moreover, Virgil becomes a central character in the Inferno as he guides Dante

  • Divine Comedy - Autobiographical Journey in Dante’s Inferno

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    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

  • Divine Comedy - Indignation and Sin in Dante’s Inferno

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    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

  • Language in Dante’s Inferno

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    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

  • Dante's Inferno Inferno

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    Use of the Fantastic in Inferno and Sinbad Valerie Skerkavich Fantastic elements occur in both Dante’s Inferno and The Tales of Sinbad but it is obvious that Inferno uses a lot more of the fantastic than Sinbad. In Dante’s Inferno, there are several fictional creatures (Cereberus, the Furies, Geryon) in the realms of hell, which all serve a specific purpose in hell and in Dante’s journey through the depths of hell. Through Sinbad’s journey, we see a lesser quantity of fantastic creatures, but

  • Types of Punishment in Dante’s Inferno

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    In Dante’s Inferno, Dante narrates his descent and observation of hell through the various circles and pouches. One part of this depiction is his descriptions of the various punishments that each of the different sinners has received.  The various punishments that Dante envisions the sinners receiving are broken down into two types. The first type he borrows from various gruesome and cruel forms of torture and the second type, though often less physically agonizing, is Dante’s creative and imaginative

  • Dante's Inferno

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    and fame as opposed to for God. 3. A mythological creature found in Circle 4 is Pluto, but the text can also be interpreted to mean that it was Plutus. Pluto is a Greek ruler of the underworld and thus it would make sense that he would be found in Dante’s Hell. Plutus is the Roman god of wealth and thus it would make sense that he would be guarding those who were consumed by it in life. The text can be interpreted to mean that either is the guardian of the prodigal and avaricious. (Alford) 4. Excessive

  • Divine Comedy - St.Augustine in Dante’s Inferno

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    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

  • Dante’s Inferno - The Evolving Relationship between Dante the Pilgrim and Virgil the Guide

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    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

  • Dante's Inferno

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    Dante's Inferno In Canto I, Dante has strayed from the True Way into the Dark Wood of Error. He opens his eyes and sees the mount Mount of Joy which is lit up by the sun. He sets out to try to climb the mountain, but his way is blocked by the Three Beasts of Worldliness: The Leopard of Malice and Fraud, The Lion of Violence and Ambition, and The She-Wolf of Incontinence. He then starts to lose all hope when Virgil, Dante’s symbol of Human Reason appears. Dante is very frightened and nervous by

  • Violent Again Art in Dante’s Inferno

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    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. Going on this definition, it

  • Dante's Inferno Analysis

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    one piece of literature, Dante’s Inferno, the author’s trip through hell can be viewed and interpreted in many ways. An individual can perceive different meanings from Dante’s Inferno based on their beliefs and background. Dante’s Inferno, part of the epic poem Divine Comedy, was written by Dante Alighieri in the 14th century. Dante’s exiled from his home town of Florence was

  • Fear In Dante's Inferno

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    parts, the most famous of which being Inferno. Inferno follows Dante through his epic journey through the nine circles of hell in his attempt to achieve a higher understanding of the afterlife. Dante is a man that seems to have, both physically and metaphorically wandered into a very dark place. He has begun to sin without repentance, due to the fact that he doesn’t have a broad understanding of the real repercussions

  • Dante's Inferno Themes

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    understand the implications of human nature and its sins. Examples of texts that achieve this feat are Dante’s Inferno by Dante Alighieri and One Thousand and One Nights. Within both, human beings (or their afterlife counterparts found in Dante’s Inferno referred to as “shades”) experience various negative and often painful situations brought on by the sinful actions of individuals. Dante’s Inferno and One Thousand and One Nights contain parallel themes, such as infidelity and justice, which address

  • The Influence of Dante's Inferno

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    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

  • Divine Comedy - Contrapasso of Dante’s Inferno

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    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

  • Elements Of Dante's Inferno

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    Is Dante’s Inferno Structure of Hell Valid? The first part of Divine Comedy, the epic poem by Dante Alighieri, is named Inferno. In general, Inferno is the underworld Hell that is broken up into three major layers; Upper Hell, Lower Hell and the Center of Hell. In this portion of the poem, the author, Dante, recollects and narrates his own trip taken through Hell from beginning to end by means of visualization (Dante). Additionally, the three main levels of Hell in Inferno are sub-categorized

  • Dante's Inferno Summary

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    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. Dante wants to be reunited with

  • Dante's Inferno and The Afterlife

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    each person can interpreted it in a slightly different way and allegories are most often personalized by a reader. Dante’s Inferno allegory is present throughout the entire poem. From the dark wood to the depths of Dante’s hell he presents the different crimes committed in life as they could be punished in death. One of the first punishments we observe comes from the fifth circle of Dante’s hell, the wrathful and the sullen, as the author expresses his thoughts of the fitting consequence with each sin