Almost every culture or religion has described about the underworld or hell. Every human believes there is a hell and heaven. On the other hand, we can say the afterlife residents for souls is the hell. Nobody, doesn’t know what hell looks like. No of the human has experienced or seen the underworld, but has a believe there is a hell.
Whether this was a prophetic revelation given by God, or retribution to his enemies’ Dante’s Inferno challenges the political and religious powers of the day and putting them in the worst possible light. Dante gives himself the liberty of being the protagonist as he assess his victims of Hell. One cannot help at times in taking pleasure in watching the David’s overcome the Goliaths. The problem with Dante’s Inferno is the setting of Hell is so vivid and graphic it leaves the reader feeling sympathetic to all involved. Some of Dante’s biases are clearly shown by placing certain sins committed by people in different levels.
The second idea to establish is the “occupants” of Hell. On one hand, most sources propose that it is a place of the wicked and the sinful. Dante, a Renaissance poet, in the third part of his Divine Comedy, Inferno, clearly stated who, with what types of sin, go to which circle of hell. Although the poem was written as an allegory to Italy’s socio-political situation at that time, a number of people really believed that the descriptions stated in the poem are true (Ames, 2006). The Bible stands that only the sinful are damned to spend eternity in hell.
Puja Sapkota Eng122H_02 Ms. Rebecca Hite 15th Feb, 2018 Contrapasso in Dante’s Inferno Dante Alighieri 's The Divine Comedy is considered an important piece of literature. The first part of this epic poem-the Inferno reveals us the most disturbing and wide description of hell. This poem is narrated by two same yet different persons; Dante the poet and Dante the Pilgrim. Dante has mixed immense effort to enhance the horror of hell and to illustrate the imaginative journey of Dante the Pilgrim as guided by his master, Virgil. Throughout his journey, Dante gives reader a glimpse into his perception of what constitutes sin.
A Heroic Satan (An Analysis of Satan’s Behavior and Heroic Elements in Milton’s, Paradise Lost) If Milton’s, Paradise Lost is an epic, then who is the epic hero? This is a question addressed by manys scholars throughout their engagement of study in this piece of literature. In all of life, it is most often taught that Satan is an evil figure, leading numerous beings astray from the path they should be taking. Religious priests and leaders preach of his terrible deeds and attempts to tempt humans throughout their lives. How then, could he possibly be considered a hero in this book if he is clearly mischievous and villainous in his evil doings?
Iqra Khan Dr Kamal ud Din English 315 11 October, 2014 Milton’s Conception of Hell in Paradise Lost Book 1 Milton in Paradise Lost recreates the tale of humankind's fall, primarily focusing on the Satan's rebellion against Heaven and its sole King. Book 1 of the epic is much like an informative piece of literature, the most imperative argument of which is the cause of man’s fall and Satan’s mutiny against God leading to his banishment to Hell. If we scrutinize Milton’s conception of Hell in the epic, it can be observed that he provides us with a visual description of the damned place both from his own as well as from the spectacle of Satan. One of the most effective tools that Milton utilizes is the contrast between Heaven and Hell in order to depict the desolate scenario of Hell. The description repeatedly conveys to us the gloomy atmosphere of the place which is characterized with extreme hopelessness and infernal horrors.
With more than one mission in mind, Dante decided to use both epic and allegorical elements in his Divine Comedy as the best means of revealing his message and wisdom to his readers. Authors commonly use allegories to express two different meanings within one work. Dante, for instance, used his allegories to diversify the thought process of his readers. Within the first stanza of the Inferno, Dante uses the portrait of a dark and arduous wood to symbolize the darkness that clouds his own life. Dante brings this woody scene to life for his readers by claiming “I [Dante] went astray from the straight road and woke to find myself alone in a dark wood.” (Canto I lines 1-3) From that ominous wood, Dante is escorted through the steep and winding levels of hell.
“He chased me round and round the place, with a clasp-knife, calling me the angel of death and saying he would kill me and then I couldn’t come for him no more” (Twain 29). It is ironic for Pap to call Huck the angel of death when in reality, he is the one that tries to kill Huck. Mark Twain reveals the hypocrisy in society by illustrating how people are always blaming others for a problem, when they themselves are doing it as well. He also uses the same idea with Jim. “Jim said he reckoned I would believe him next time.
When starting to read Dante’s Inferno a person is often confronted by a very distinctive kind of writing style. This writing style is distinctive of the time in which the Inferno was written estimated to be around 1314 to 1317, before Dante’s death in 1321. This can lead to questions about the composition of certain lines in a passage of the text. One of these questions, why did he write it like this, popped into my head not long after starting to read Cantos I. In the first Canto, Dante meets the three beast of hell and Virgil (Alighieri 392-394).
The Greek epic poem, the Odyssey, was told by Homer but the date of its creation is unknown. Even though the book mainly focuses on Odysseus, the monsters such as Polyphemus, have an important role. Homer portrays Polyphemus the cyclops as uncivilized throughout Book 9. He does this to show us to reinforce the morals of Odysseus and increase conflict and tension. Polyphemus is depicted as barbaric through Odysseus’ narrative perspective and tone.