Dante's Inferno Quotes

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In Dante’s inferno, Satan is shown and described as a three headed monster with long hair. Normally a person or a reader would assume that Satan has only one head, a red skin toned body and long horns, but the one in Dante’s inferno, as mentioned in the book, Satan has 3 heads, red,black and yellow skinned toned and is surrounded by ice. Lucifer has three horrific faces, in where one is looking straight ahead and the others two are looking back over his shoulders and tears running down their faces. “The one in the front, and that vermilion was; Two were the others, that were joined with this above the middle part of either shoulder, and they were were joined together at the crest” (Inferno 47). This quote explain when Dante first saw Satan. “No feathers had they, but as of a…show more content…
Dante had never seen Satan before and the first time seeing him frightened him, as he saw three heads with huge bat looking wings, chewing on sinners. Dante hides behind Virgil when approaching Satan, as it seems to be the only shelter he finds. From the Lucifer in Dante's Inferno to the Satan that readers might imagine, there is a big difference because most of the time the stereotypical Satan is a red, half man, half goat with a large pitchfork. When according to Dante, he is much more large and insidious to whomever comes across him. The description given by Dante creates fear to the reader. As Dante and Virgil continue there journey through hell, in the ninth level, they come across the those who have committed more severe sin and are deeper within the ice. Each of the four sections are named after an individual who commits the sin. Round 1 is named Caina after Cain who killed his brother Abel, Round 2 is named Antenora after Anthenor of Troy who was Priam’s counselor during the Trojan War, Round 3 is named Ptolomaea after Ptolemy, while Round 4 is named Judecca after Judas Iscariot, the apostle who betrayed Jesus with a
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