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  • Virgil And Dante
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    Virgil and Dante continue down toward the Fourth Circle of Hell and come upon the demon Pluto. Virgil quiets the creature with a word and they enter the circle, where Dante cries out at what he sees: a ditch has been formed around the circle, making a great ring. Within the ring, two groups of souls push weights along in anger and pain. Each group completes a semicircle before crashing into the other group and turning around to proceed in the opposite direction. The souls condemned to this sort ...
  • Dante Depiction Of Hell People
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    The story line on a comic book series named Spawn by Todd McFarlane bare similar images to The Inferno by Dante Aligheri. The reason on chosen to write my paper on The Inferno was to learn the different circles of hell. By doing so I have learned that the main character in Spawn is a combination of the eight circle of hell. In Dante's journey, he saw the fates of people's that beard Spawn doom. In the comic book series of Spawn Jason Wynn was a master of manipulation, and led Al Simmons (Spawn) ...
  • Virgil And Dante
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    A 13th Century Blockbuster Hit If one were to ever watch the movie The Usual Suspects he or she might get bored with all the flash back storyline, the change in stories of the suspects, and the play between the characters, but if one were to hold out till the very end of the movie they would see what a great movie it truly is. Now, one must not worry that this ending will be divulged in any shape, way, or form, that would be rude and would ruin the greatness that is the movie's ending. However, ...
  • Familiar To People As Heaven And Hell
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    Divine ComedyDante's Divine Comedy is a moral comedy that is designed to makethe readers think about their own morals. The poem could have been used almost as a guide for what and what not to do to get into Heaven for the medieval people. Dante takes the reader ona journey through the "afterlife" to imprint in the readers minds what could happen to the mif they don't follow a Godlike life and to really make the reader thinkabout where they will go when they die and where they would like to go wh...
  • Dante Through The World Of Sin
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    Throughout the fast-paced lives of people, we are constantly making choices that shape who we are, as well as the world around us; however, one often debates the manner in which one should come to correct moral decisions, and achieve a virtuous existence. Dante has an uncanny ability to represent with such precision, the trials of the everyman's soul to achieve morality and find unity with God, while setting forth the beauty, humor, and horror of human life. Dante immediately links his own perso...
  • Dante's Family
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    Dante And His Inferno Dante Alighieri, one of the greatest poets of the Middle Ages, was born in Florence, Italy, supposedly around May 29, 1265, to a middle-class Florentine family. A year later, on Easter Sunday, he was baptized, later describing this as his first step toward salvation. At an early age, he began to write poetry and became fascinated with lyrics. In 1274, during his adolescence, Dante fell in love with a beautiful girl named Beatrice Port inari. This love of his, though, was in...
  • Virgil And Dante
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    Canto X: The Perils of Pride In The Inferno, Dante describes his journey through hell. Throughout his pilgrimage, Dante learns from the sinners that he meets along the way. One influential group of sinners is those in Canto X. In this Canto, Dante is warned that those filled with pride suffer eternally. Although the Canto is mainly about heretics, all the sinners involved make bad decisions because of their pride. They are too proud and try to impress others, while in reality, these individuals ...
  • Dante
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    Dante Alighieri Dante was born in late May 1265 in Florence, Italy. He would grow to become a great Italian poet and most famous for his work The Divine Comedy, better known as Inferno, Paradiso, and Purgatorio. In which he explores Hell, Heaven, and Purgatory. He was originally born into lower nobility. His mother died when Dante was still young and his father died when Dante was 18. There isn't too much known about his education, but we can say that he looked to Brunetto Latini, a Florentine p...
  • Dante Inferno Poem
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    Dante's Inferno is a 14th- century poem that seems calculated to cause the greatest possible pain to a 20th-century humanist, or to anyone who is attracted to Christianity because of its compassion and belief in the possibility of redemption. The God of the Inferno has precious little compassion and no forgiveness. He was the God who not only turned a blind eye to Belsen, but also exercised great ingenuity in constructing His own blood-chilling concentration camp, where sinners should suffer, no...
  • Three Realms In Dante's Poem
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    Full Circle - from Sin to Salvation Great works of literature have been written throughout history. However, The Divine Comedy and Paradise Lost have the inept ability to stir the soul and cause a person to examine and re-examine their life. The brilliant descriptions, use of imagery, metaphor and simile give a person a vivid picture of the creation of man and the possibilities for life in the hereafter. This is done, as a person is able to see, full circle, from the beginning of time to the end...
  • Dante's Enormous Pity For The Souls
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    Canto V In Dante's Inferno, part of The Divine Comedy, Canto V introduces the torments of Hell in the Second Circle. Here Minos tells the damned where they will spend eternity by wrapping his tail around himself. The Second Circle of Hell holds the lustful; those who sinned with the flesh. They are punished in the darkness by an unending tempest, which batters them with winds and rain. Hell is not only a geographical place, but also a representation of the potential for sin and evil within every...
  • Dante Through Hell
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    The Background and Interpretation of Dante's Inferno The growth of Western Civilization has taken many turns and gone through many phases that have all had an impact on where we are and what we have become today. One of the longer periods that lasted one thousand years was the Middle Ages. The Middle Ages were a time of ignorance and fear, where no one was safe on their own and had to depend on a higher institution for survival. The most powerful institution in the Middle Ages was by far the Rom...
  • Dante's Divine Comedy
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    Dante's Inferno Dante Alighieri, one of the greatest poets of the Middle Ages, was born in Florence, Italy on June 5, 1265. He was born to a middle-class Florentine family. At an early age he began to write poetry and became fascinated with lyrics. During his adolescence, Dante fell in love with a beautiful girl named Beatrice Port inari. He saw her only twice, but she provided much inspiration for his literary masterpieces. Her death at a young age left him grief-stricken. His first book, La Vi...
  • Second Form Of Punishment Dante
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    Cindy Kenney English 355 Burn in Hell The Comedy, later renamed The Divine Comedy was written by Dante Alighieri of Florence, Italy. In the early 14th century, while in exile, Dante wrote this epic poem which is broken down into three books. In each book Dante recounts his travels through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven respectively. The first book of The Divine Comedy, Inferno, is an remarkably brilliant narrative. He narrates his descent into and observation of hell through its numerous circles an...
  • Evidence From Dante's Inferno
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    literary scholars have argued the fact that Dante had homoerotic tendencies. This point Many t has been justified with the help of Dante's own work of art, the Inferno, a divine comedy where Dante goes down to visit the nine circles of hell. The sin of sodomy is seen in the seventh circle of hell, where sodomites, blasphemers and usurers are punished in three independent rings. Each sin has a different punishment associated towards it. For example, sodomites are punished by fiery rain pouring on...
  • Sinner's Punishment In Hell
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    Dante's Inferno As the reader engages on his travels through Dante Alighieri's Inferno, he is introduced to Dante's imaginative and meticulous visualization of a plunge into the darkness of hell. Throughout this vigorous voyage, Virgil, a late poet who now resides in Limbo, acts as Dante's guide as he steers Dante with protection through the world of sin. During their journey, they encounter a assortment of sinners and are introduced to the unbearable sufferings and torments these souls must now...
  • More Serious The Nature Of One's Sin
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    In the Inferno, Dante describes, in great detail, how Hell is laid out, given his understanding of the teachings of Fourteenth century Catholicism. Additionally, Dante's view is affected by the socio-political upheaval of his contemporary Italy. Much of this upheaval was related to controversial religious power struggles with in the Roman Catholic Church as well as changing social structure. In Dante's version of Hell, the souls of sinners guilty of the lesser or minor sins inhabited the upper l...
  • Seventh Circle In Dante's Hell
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    The purpose of this essay is to discuss the relevance of Dante's Inferno / Hell to the contemporary reader in the Western world. This essay will demonstrate that there are many issues discussed in Dante's The Divine Comedy that are as relevant today as they were when Dante first wrote his comedy. Although the views discussed are not common to everyone, it will be shown that such views are still apparent in contemporary society and therefore are relevant to the contemporary reader. It will be sho...
  • Similarities Between Virgil And Dante's Hells
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    "Dante's Divine Comedy and Aeneid" In Dante's Divine Comedy, Dante incorporates Virgil's portrayal of Hades from The Aeneid into his poem, and similarities between the Inferno and Hades can be drawn, however Dante wasn't attempting to duplicate Virgil's works. Although the hell depicted in Dante's Inferno is essentially based on the literary construction of the underworld found in Virgil's Aeneid, in their particulars the two kingdoms are quite different. Virgil's underworld is largely undiffere...
  • Dante's Use Of Allegory In The Inferno
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    Dante's use of allegory in the Inferno greatly varies from Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" in purpose, symbolism, characters and mentors, and in attitude toward the world. An analysis of each of these elements in both allegories will provide an interesting comparison. Dante uses allegory to relate the sinner's punishment to his sin, while Plato uses allegory to discuss ignorance and knowledge. Dante's Inferno describes the descent through Hell from the upper level of the opportunists to the most ...

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