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Dante's Inferno: Canto XVIII
Transcript of Dante's Inferno: Canto XVIII
Canto XVIII By: Kendra Poulin Journey So Far Dante and Virgil come to a precipice
Dante explores and finds sinners who were violent toward art
Descend into Malebolge What is Malebolge? "A circular band divided in ten concentric valleys...in such a place a series of small bridges would be provided" Eighth circle of hell, Sins of Fraudulence Litterally means "Evil Pouches" with each "pouch" containing a different group of sinners. The Geryon Symbol of Fraudulence "His face was a just man's face, outwardly kind...NoTartar or Turk has ever woven a cloth more colored in field and figure"
"The place you should take should be in front, so I can come between to protect you from the tail." 1st Pouch: The Seducers and Panderers 2nd Pouch: The Flatterers Exploited others through their actions
March in separate lines in opposite directions and whipped by demons and forced to run back to other side Contrapasso Panderers: Passed along women from man to man...now passed along from demon to demon Seducers: Drove others to do satisfy their will...now demons drive them across the valley at their will "How terribly they forced them to be quick lifting their heels!" Characters Venedico Caccianemico: Sold sister to the Marchese d'Este "tortured spirit thought to hide himself by lowering his face" Jason: Seduced and married Medea and seduced Hypsipyle for a golden fleece "Get moving pimp! This is no place to look for women to sell!" Exploit other people through their words
Punishment: must reside in human waste/excrement "an exhalation that steams from down below, offensive to behold and to inhale"
"I saw one there whose head was so befouled with shit, you couldn't tell which one he was-layman or cleric" Characters Alessio Interminei of Lucca: flatterer from a prominient family "And why are you so greedy to look at me when all of these are just as filthy?" Thais: Courtesan character refered to in Cicero's essay. Historically, lover of Alexander the Great and mistress of Ptolemy Contrapasso Human waste represents the foul symbolizes the foul words they produced in life
Example of Dante's humor Themes Before souls begged Dante to preserve their memories on earth
Now they hide from the living Punishments becoming less classical and more humorous Questions?