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Infeno as an Epic
An epic poem has seveal standad featues to it. These include that the poem is a naative on a lage scale; that the poem is a stoy of adventue, usually involving a heo on some kind of quest; that the poem begins in the middle of the action o in medias es; that it contains a link to myth o legend; that battles and peilous jouney's ae a majo pat of the action; and that thee is a efeence to the supenatual, Gods o the undewold. By compaing the poem "The Infeno" to these qualities of an epic, it will be shown that the poem qualifies as an epic poem, meeting evey one of these qualities.

Fistly, the poem is a naative on a lage scale. The poem is a naative on a lage scale in thee ways. It is an epic in tems of its epic….

Inferno by Dante Alighieri
The gates of hell are littered with monsters, and the monsters are the gates to the sinners' hearts. In Dante Alighieri's Inferno, monstrosity is not only shown through the punishments of the sinners in each circle of hell; it is also shown in the grotesqueness and violent traits exhibited by each corresponding demon that Dante meets. Cerberus, the Harpies, and Lucifer are just some of the prominent creatures inhabiting the underworld, all exhibiting the ugliness of the sins portrayed in their own circles -- gluttony, suicide, and betrayal.

As Dante enters the gates of the underworld in Canto VI, he is met with "monstrous and cruel" (12) Cerberus, the three-headed dog that guards the entrance of the dead. Cerberus is a fearsome creature, a giant beast that claws at the sinners of the first circle: gluttony. In classical Greek mythology, Cerberus is nothing but a fearsome guard….

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tracing the relationship of Dante and Virgil based on Robert Pinsky's translation, the Inferno of Dante.
Review The Inferno of Dante.

Both writers and scholars demonstrate their thinking and polarism in this epic poem. Dante's selection of Virgil to lead him through the underworld is significant unto itself.

Robert Pinsky is a distinguished poet and translator of "The Inferno of Dante" (Farrar, traus & Giroux, 1994). The "Inferno" -- which is the first part of Dante's "Divina Commedia" -- remains a popular and compelling poem for modern readers; there have been at least fifty English versions of the "Inferno" in this century alone. Of course, any translator must rely on previous translations and commentators in undertaking such an ambitious task, and Pinsky has said that he depended largely on Charles ingleton's scholarly, painstakingly literal prose translation (1970), and on the best-known nineteenth-century American verse translation, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1867).

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Dante's Eighth Circle
Ulysses in Dante's Eighth Circle of the Inferno

In the Eighth Circle of the Inferno, Dante places all those souls whose vice was falsehood. It is a sensible dwelling place for them since it is the last Circle before the final Ninth Circle wherein dwells the Father of Lies, Satan or Dis. In the Eighth Circle, one finds flatterers, panderers, fortune tellers, hypocrites, thieves, evil counselors and more. hat all of them have in common is their practice of distorting the true nature of things. For that reason does Dante find Ulysses in the ditch of the evil counselors in Canto XXVI. This paper will examine a passage from this Canto and examine its context, significance, and my reaction to it.

In the eighth ditch of the Eighth Circle, Dante meets the evil counselors whose sin was to abuse their position and gift from God (which was to lead by….

Bhagavad-Gita and Dante's Inferno
This is a comparison between the Bhagavad-Gita and Dante's Inferno on the concept of heaven, hell and God. It has 2 sources.

Most religions and religious concepts that are well-known are ones that have concepts of a 'heaven,' a God. The 'Bhagavad-Gita' is an example of a book that presents a religious concept that consists of a belief in God (Krishna), heaven and demons, and it is one that is associated with Hindu beliefs. Through its teachings, it is said to encompass all human beings no matter what their religious beliefs are. In contrast and similarity to this is 'Dante's Inferno', a book that is not a book that teaches but rather presents a moral within an event that is not concerned with a specific religion but rather human beliefs as a whole, including the concept of heaven, hell and God as major components in it.

Dante's Inferno….

The text is in this sense highly educational because it draws the attention, through literary language, to aspects which are often disregarded in everyday life nowadays.
In a general manner, Dante's Inferno, as is the trilogy the Devine Comedy may also represent the interior feelings of a tormented soul, trapped in its sinful thoughts and actions. A symbol in this sense can be considered the continuous circles of the Inferno which represent the decaying levels of humanity. The upper levels may still present some innocence as the sins are not evil but rather innocent because the people trapped in the Limbo lost the divine contact with God; for the lower levels however, which include fraud and treachery, the sins are unpardonable. Thus, while the Church can bring back faith, fraud and treachery as understood by Dante cannot be forgotten.

Indeed, parts of Dante's journey are today dissolute. Aspects such as magic….

.. By this way, no good spirit ever passes" (25). e also know what it means to be a Christian when Virgil tells Dante that the spirits they see in the first level of hell are there because while they were "before Christianity, the worshipped not God" (27). Here we know that Dante is trying to impress the importance of pleasing God.
It is also important to note that while Dante interjects politics into his poem, it is clear that political beliefs do not factor into the equation when it comes to living a good life. Politicians from all lifestyles are in hell as well as religious figures. For example, we see Brunetto and Pope Nicholas III in hell for their sins. Brunetto addresses Dante with a "sense of shame" (86) and Pope Nicholas III is quick to "declare his own evil ways" (102). ith these very real figures, Dante expresses….

Dante's Inferno / Siddartha / City of Glass
Discuss the role of process and travel in shaping the journey of the protagonists, comparing and contrasting at least two of the texts we have read.

In both Dante's Inferno and Hesse's Siddhartha, the process of finding the way to get onto the "path of Truth" as well as the journey to that Path are central to the stories. Religious doctrines mostly pretend to show a person the "Path." Christianism is often criticized for being exclusive since the follower is expected to take the teachings of this religion as the only way to gain salvation. On the other side, Hinduism is considered to count among the less restricting religions. This is, of course, subject to interpretation. Theat is why, both Dante and Hesse approach the theme of enlightenment from a slightly different point-of-view. In the case of Siddhartha, the idea is that one could….

The punishments Dante witnesses and which he imparts to the reader of his epic are appropriate in that they evoke a powerful psychological reaction.
If the punishments had been self-inflicted, the tone and meaning of the work would change dramatically. One of the underlying messages of the Inferno is of the absolute nature of God's power and of the nature of eternity. Hell in the Inferno is no temporary state of being but rather eternal damnation for sinners. If the punishments had been self-inflicted, the power of both God and Satan would have been undermined by the power of human will and repentance. The fact that Satan and his minion Minos exact these punishments on the human sinners proves the power of the divine over human beings. If the human sinners elected to punish themselves it would have demonstrated the power of human will can overcome the wrath of God….

Dante's Inferno And Manzoni's The Betrothed
Alessandro Manzoni's only novel The Betrothed is a national institution in Italy and second in popularity in this history of Italian literature only to Dante's Divine Comedy. He was a liberal nationalist from an aristocratic family and a leading supporter of the reunification (Risorgimento) of Italy. His novel is set in Lombardy in 1628-31 and was in fact a call for liberation from foreign rule, which was still the norm in the fragmented Italy of the 1820s. Manzoni had been an unbeliever as a young man, but later rejoined the church and became very devout, which is why he took Dante seriously and incorporated themes and images from his work into The Betrothed. He believed in sin, salvation and damnation, and the power of conversion experiences that both he and the characters in his story underwent. Dante was also from the aristocracy and his family….

Dante's Inferno: Canto
The canto is moving in that it depicts the passionate love of one for another and how, even once killed, both will stay together for eternity. No wonder that this canto and the love of Francesca for Paolo have remained a favorite of classical artists. And yet I am left with confused conclusions regarding what Dante wants to convey. On the one hand, he puts the lovers in Hell, but on the other hand he faints for them and seems to feel more suffering and empathy with these citizens of Hell (that even seem, through their love, to triumph over their surroundings) that it seems as thoguh Dante criticizes the ruthlessness of their suffering and may even condemn it as senseless. Torn between the fervently religious mores of his time that perceived even meek extra-marital love as adulterous and between his own romantic experiences, it seems to….

Dante's "Inferno," Reader Response
Dante's "Inferno" tells the story of Dante, a good man who has lost his way on the road of life and so finds himself on the precipice of Hell. "hen I had journeyed half our life's way,/I found myself within a shadowed forest,/for I had lost the path that does not stray" (I, 1-3). Having strayed onto the path that leads to a permanent residence in Hell, Dante is kept from passing by several great beasts and, when he has lost all hope and is sure he will be devoured, encounters Virgil who directs him to another path, this one a direct route to Hell. The idea here seems to be that if he continued on the path he was treading, he would have been devoured and become a permanent inhabitant of Hell, a fate Virgil's intervention -- upon Beatrice's request -- is meant to prevent.

Beatrice is….

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Hell
Aligheiri Dante's "Inferno" is the first of three books in Dante's classical work "The Divine Comedy." The "Inferno" pursues Dante's journey through Hell on his path to discovering God. He begins at the bottom Hell in sin, and must fight his way to the top through a variety of adventures, where lovely Beatrice awaits him in Paradise. In modern times, Dante's work is still quite applicable, because there are many people who deserve to reside in Hell. Instead of nine circles, today there are three -- High Hell, Middle Hell, and Deepest Hell. High Hell is reserved for those who have sinned, but not critically.

The punishment in High Hell would be similar to Dante's labyrinth, but a great beast would not guard it. Howard Stern would guard it, and his continual and never-ending comments would be audible throughout the labyrinth. There is no exit from this labyrinth, and there….

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The Inferno: Cantos IV
The epic poem The Inferno, the first part of The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri, tells the story of the author on Good Friday in the 14th century. Lost in the forest, he encounters the spirit of the poet Virgil, who promises to reunite him with his beloved. In order to do so, they must take a path through hell. The Inferno is Dante’s tale of the underworld and subtle commentary on sin. There is much that is revealing regarding all the separate parts of this epic poem. This paper will discuss the many themes of the fifth Cantos. This Cantos shows us Dante’s panache for mixing history and myth as a means of confusing the reader, making the backdrop of hell appear more hellish. Also the relative innocuousness of the sins of the sinners of this level of hell also gives the entire presentation of hell….

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Dante's Inferno Before Referencing
Dante's conception of his poetic identity in "The Inferno"

On the surface, it may seem as if Dante of "The Inferno," conceives of himself as a naive man. In the middle of his life, he is found in a dark wood, wandering, symbolizing his uncertain sense of poetic and personal mission. He is confronted by a poetic guide who will lead him through the underworld and teach him about the nature of sin: "For the straightforward pathway had been lost" (I.3). But the fact that the greatest of classical poets, Virgil, comes to greet Dante in his lost and fallen state is itself an indication of Dante's high esteem of himself as a poet. Dante characterizes himself as a great poet in progress, not simply a naive pilgrim. After all, Dante is important enough that the great Latin author will tend to his spiritual needs, and ensure that….

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Inferno as an Epic an Epic Poem

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Infeno as an Epic An epic poem has seveal standad featues to it. These include that the poem is a naative on a lage scale; that the poem is…

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Inferno by Dante Alighieri

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Inferno by Dante Alighieri The gates of hell are littered with monsters, and the monsters are the gates to the sinners' hearts. In Dante Alighieri's Inferno, monstrosity is not…

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Inferno of Dante

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tracing the relationship of Dante and Virgil based on Robert Pinsky's translation, the Inferno of Dante. Review The Inferno of Dante. Both writers and scholars demonstrate their thinking and polarism…

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Inferno by Dante

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Dante's Eighth Circle Ulysses in Dante's Eighth Circle of the Inferno In the Eighth Circle of the Inferno, Dante places all those souls whose vice was falsehood. It is a sensible…

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Theologies Expressed in the Bhagavad Gita and Dante's Inferno

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Bhagavad-Gita and Dante's Inferno This is a comparison between the Bhagavad-Gita and Dante's Inferno on the concept of heaven, hell and God. It has 2 sources. Most religions and religious…

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Dante's Inferno State Your Case

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The text is in this sense highly educational because it draws the attention, through literary language, to aspects which are often disregarded in everyday life nowadays. In a general…

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Christian According to Dante's Inferno

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.. By this way, no good spirit ever passes" (25). e also know what it means to be a Christian when Virgil tells Dante that the spirits they see…

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Dante's Inferno Siddhartha City of Glass

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Dante's Inferno / Siddartha / City of Glass Discuss the role of process and travel in shaping the journey of the protagonists, comparing and contrasting at least two of the…

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Dante's Inferno Dante's Journey Through

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The punishments Dante witnesses and which he imparts to the reader of his epic are appropriate in that they evoke a powerful psychological reaction. If the punishments had been…

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Dante's Inferno and Manzoni's the Betrothed Alessandro

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Dante's Inferno And Manzoni's The Betrothed Alessandro Manzoni's only novel The Betrothed is a national institution in Italy and second in popularity in this history of Italian literature only to…

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Dante's Inferno Canto the Canto Is Moving

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Dante's Inferno: Canto The canto is moving in that it depicts the passionate love of one for another and how, even once killed, both will stay together for eternity.…

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Dante's Inferno Reader Response Dante's Inferno Tells

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Dante's "Inferno," Reader Response Dante's "Inferno" tells the story of Dante, a good man who has lost his way on the road of life and so finds himself on the…

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Terrorism

Dante's Inferno

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Hell Aligheiri Dante's "Inferno" is the first of three books in Dante's classical work "The Divine Comedy." The "Inferno" pursues Dante's journey through Hell on his path to discovering…

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Dante's Inferno

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The Inferno: Cantos IV The epic poem The Inferno, the first part of The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri, tells the story of the author on Good Friday in the…

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Dante's Inferno

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Dante's Inferno Before Referencing Dante's conception of his poetic identity in "The Inferno" On the surface, it may seem as if Dante of "The Inferno," conceives of himself as a naive…

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