Hostility or Compassion? Dante Alighieri, was exiled from Florence, Italy, because of politics, after he was exiled he wrote an epic about his view of Hell. In the epic, The Inferno, Dante, the protagonist, strays from the right path, so Virgil, his guide takes him through Hell to show him that he needs to get back on the path of God. However during the epic, Alighieri shows compassion and hostility to certain sinners through his protagonists actions, diction and extra punishments. Such sinners he felt compassion or hostility to are Filippo Argenti, Ser Brunetto Latino, and Bocca Degli Abbati.
One of his best attributes is empathy but his guide Virgil helps toughen him up as they move along. In fact, Dante toughens up pretty quickly as he rages against Filippo , argues with Farinata , and rants at Pope Nicholas III. After each round of righteous indignation, Virgil claps Dante on the back and congratulates him for putting yet another sinner in his place.
Many of us sometimes lie awake thinking of life, death, and what happens after. Nobody knows for certain what happens once the soul leaves the body, we don’t know if there will be life after death, we don’t know if we will be punished for all that we’ve done wrong, and for that reason many of us fear death and try to stay on the straight, morally right path in order to avoid Hell. In the epic poem, The Inferno, written by Dante Alighieri, we get a sense of what Hell is like, or at least Alighieri’s rendition of Hell. After venturing from the straight path, Alighieri’s self-based character, Dante, finds himself on the verge of entering Hell. Dante’s figure for human reason, Virgil, a Virtuous Pagan, leads Dante through the nine circles of Hell
In great stories, there is always an abundance of symbolism that helps enhance the reader's view of the world and characters that will appear. Without this, the book can begin to feel bland and unrelatable. That is why it is easy to find a great abundance of symbolism in Dante’s Inferno. Throughout the entirety of Dante’s Inferno, Dante the poet uses symbolism, both in his characters and the environment, to greatly enhance how the reader views Hell. The first major example of symbolism is seen through the character Virgil as a whole.
Within the narritive Dante's Inferno, Dante decided to include Classical and Biblical figures to create allusions. Some of these figures include Paola and Francesca, the 12 deciples, Flippo Argenti, Aristotle and even the Christ himslef. Throughout the journey that Dante and Virgil take, they face various obstacles questioning their strength to go further. The allusions that Dante includes help construct the meaning throughout the Canto's by having references to look back on and compare to. For example; Paopla and Francesca with their lovers quarrel, Christ coming down into the underworld to save those who have not committed a sin and is residing in the Noble Castle.
Lucifer’s suffering is most appropriate by far, along with the suffering of Brutus, Cassius, and Judas. No matter where we go when death takes over, most people forbid to go to Hell. After reading The Inferno, Dante makes it clear that any sin can suffer greatly. Eternal punishment is not wanted, and the story does make that clear. Out of all the levels I got to experience with Dante and each punishment that came with it, I believe Lucifer’s contrapasso was the worse.
He starts out feeling pity for the souls, and as he makes his journey down into the levels of hell, he starts to realize that the acts the people committed are sinful and they deserve the punishments they receive. On his journey, he meets people and listens to their stories and how they received their punishments. Dante shows the punishment of the sinners by use of analogy and antithesis. This is shown in canto five through lush between a couple, in canto thirteen through violence against oneself, and in canto twenty- three through fraudulence between hypocrites. Dante shows the punishment of the sinners by use of antithesis in canto five through lust between a couple.
From the smallest sin to the biggest sin, no sin went without being punished by “a punishment fitting of the crime.” As Virgil and Dante travel throughout the nine circles of Hell, they were shown that Hell does not correct the sins but it orders them significantly. While traveling deeper into the circles of Hell, Dante is shown things like Lust, Anger, Violence, and Fraud, and he sees signs that the sins are getting worse the deeper they go. Dante’s travels shows a metaphor “descend so you may ascend” and this is designed to communicate the message of
Imagery creates a mood for the reader; the mood can strengthen the theme of symbolic retribution by creating a more detailed description of what really happens after death for the sinners. First person point of view creates tone in a story. The tone shows Dante 's attitude about his journey as he goes through inferno , purgatorio, and, paradiso. Through the intricate work of Dante Alighieri we can now see, feel, and, experience his journey due to imagery and first person point of view.
Listening to the voice of reason, Dante uses this reminder to continue going on his journey. This scene directly corresponds with one at the beginning of The Inferno where Dante does not believe that he can go on, but Virgil reminds him of the prospect of seeing Beatrice again. This fills Dante with hope and incentive to keep going. Through this scene in The Purgatorio we see that Dante has learned that earthly suffering has a purpose, that will lead you to paradise. If one has no suffering in life they will have no glory in