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Dante's Inferno Canto I-IV

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Transcript of Dante's Inferno Canto I-IV

Dante's Inferno Savannah Reed, Katie Scott,
and Tanner Lewis 1 2 3 4 In our own words: Dante is middle aged
wakes up in Dark Wood of Error
See mountain of Joy
Makes way towards mountain
Blocked by animals: leopard, lion, she-wolf
Fears being killed
Virgil appears
Gives Dante alternative to evil animals
Dante follows Virgil

BREAKDoWN: Dante lost from "True Way"
Symbolism of Animals:
Leopard-malice/fraud
Lion-violence/ambition
She-Wolf- incontinence
Virgil:
represents human reason
provides hope to Dante "Peter's Gate"- gate of Purgatory "I faced a spotted Leopard, all tremor and flow and gaudy pelt. And it would not pass, but stood so blocking my every turn that time and again I was on the verge of turning back to the wood. This fell at the first widening of the dawn as the sun was climbing Aries with those stars that rode with him to light the new creation...I shook with dread at sight of a great Lion that broke upon me raging with hunger, it's enormous head held high as if to strike a mortal terror into the very air. And down his track, a She-Wolf drove upon me, a starved horror..." 31-48 Analyzation Passage Guady- adj; brilliantly or excessively showy
Personification- "the sun was climbing"
Alliteration-" head held high"
"to strike a mortal terror into the very air" in our own words BREAKDOWN Passage Analyzation Dante starts to lose hope about the journey
"I'm not worthy"
Acts like a three year old
Virgil cheers him up
Virgil tells Dante why he's with him
Beatrice willed Virgil to guide Dante
Dante regains hope
Continues to follow Virgil
Bible Reference: Paul who confirmed in the bible that Christ was the only way to eternal life
Beatrice is responsible for Dante's journey and salvation
Pathos is used in Beatrice's speech to Virgil to get him to help Dante
Dante's faith strengthens when he realizes God's will could not fail him

In our own words BREAKDOWN Passage Analyzation




"As flowerlets drooped and puckered in the night turn up to the returning sun and spread their petals wide on his new warmth and light-just so my wilted spirits rose again and such a heat of zeal surged through my veins that I was born anew..." Zeal- n; eager and ardent in the pursuit of something
Wilted-v, limp, loose.
Personification- "my wilted spirits rose again"
Personification- "such a heat of zeal surged through my veins" They enter hell...dun dun dun
Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here
Come across The Opportunists
Punishment: Move in darkness
Go to River of Acheron
Charon ferries the souls to their punishments




"I am the way into the city of woe.
I am the way to a forsaken people.
I am the way into eternal sorrow.

Sacred justice moved my architect.
Iwas raised here by divine omnipotence,
Primordial love and ultimate intellect.

Only those elements time cannot wear,
were made before me, and beyond time I stand,
abandon all hope ye who enter here.
Omnipotence- n; having unlimited authority or influence
Primordial- ajd; first created or developed
"I am"- giving hell a voice
Hell will stand forever
Words strike fear to all who read the entrance
Sets mood and eerie feeling to hell
Refers to God as higher, superior being, even though Satan is against Him, God still reigns in Dante's world.
Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here is the sign above the gates of Hell
Punishment of living in darkness is symbolic because the souls never made decisions and now they are blind to make any decision for all of eternity
Acheron is the first river in Hell
Charon is the monstrous leader and refuses to let Dante cross because he is living
Dante passes out from fear
Passage And the master said to me: "You do not question what souls these are that suffer here before you? I wish you to know before you travel on that these were sinless. And still their merits fail, for they lacked Baptism's grace, which is the door of the true faith you were born to. Their birth fell before the age of the Christian mysteries, and so they did not worhsip God's Trinity in fullest duty. I am one of these. For such defects are we lost, though spared the fire and suffering Hell in one affliction only: that without hope we live on in desire." analyzation Merit- n; something that deserves or justifies a reward
Metaphor- "the door of the true faith"
Souls B.C. live an eternity without hope
Dante defines that Christs coming allowed for faith to save us
Different take on where souls went before Christ in our own words BreaKDown Circle 1: Limbo
Wakes up on other side of river in Hell
Funnel-shaped
Virtuous Pagans
Virgil is welcomed back to his place in hell
Dante enters the Citadel of Human Reason
Human Reason
Dante has a quick realization of how great God's power is Dante describes Hell as a great funnel-shaped cave
Virtuous Pagans were born without the light of Christ's revelation and, therefore, cannot come into the light of God
Spirits are not haunted but they have no hope
Human Reason is the highest state that man can achieve without God
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