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Dante's The Inferno Powerpoint
Transcript of Dante's The Inferno Powerpoint
XXIX, XXX, XXXI
29 - 31
Canto 29 Location: Circle 8: Bolgia 10 Setting: A dark filthy pit with the stench of rotting flesh Type of Sin: Falsifiers - Class 1 - Alchemists (Falsifiers of Things) Possessing powers including turning base metals into nobel medals like gold and silver (Modern development of Chemistry & Medicine) Punishment: Souls huddle in heaps & sprawl out on the ground. Scabs cover them from head to toe, the furiously & incessantly scratch themselves with their claw-like nails. All the while, ravenous spirits race trough the pit attacking the souls. Canto 29 Who Is There: Griffolino Darezzo & Capocchio (A friend from Dante's student days who was burned at the steak for practicing Alchermy) Mythological Beasts or References: None Punishment: They must run continuously for all of eternity, preying on the Alchemists while being preyed opon by their own furies. Type of Sin: Falsifiers - Class 2 - Evil Impersonators (Falsifiers of Person) In life they pretended to be someone they aren't for their own personal gain. Setting: A dark filthy pit with the stench of rotting flesh Location: Circle 8 Bolgia 10 Canto 30 Canto 30 Who Is There: Myrra (She lusted after her won father & disguised herself as another wonman so she could gradify her lust Mythological Beasts or References: Furies Summary: At the beginning of the canto we see Dante standing at the edge of Bolgia nine waithiing to see one of his ancestors. While standing there Virgil ushers him along warning him that there is not much time left. Dante takes Virgil's advice and the two cross over the bridge into the tenth Bolgia. Here, they see the Falsifiers, these sinners are punished by a variety of things including stenches, darkness, sickness and illness, thirst, and shrieking sounds. While undergoing their punishments monst of the sinners located here run through the pit tearing themselves and others apart. This is a symbol for what they did on earth. On Earth the corrupted the societies and now in hell they face corruption that they created. While some lie on the floor in agony due to their punishment others run around attacking them and each other.
While continuing to travel this circle Dante realizes that this Bolgia has different parts. This part of the Bolgia of the Falsifiers is dedicated to the Alchemists (those who said they could turn things into gold). Here the poets meet Griffolino of Arezzo and a Florintine man named Capocchio, who were burned at the stake for heresy but arrived here due to their practice of alchemy. Summary: So as Capocchio finishes speaking to the two poets, two wild spirits arrive and snatch him up. Griffolino, who was Capocchio's companion, explains that the spirits are Gianni Schicchi and Myrrha who are in hell because they were evil impersonators in their lives on Earth. Their punishment is that they will forever run around this circle of hell without rest snatching up soulds while being chased by their own furies.
After leaving the second class the two poets meet a sinner from the third class of falsifiers. Master Adam was a counterfeiter while on Earth, here he is punished by a horrible disease and is unable to move. He describes the two sinners next to him as Potiphar's wife (she tried to seduce Joseph from the Bible and when she failed she threw the blame on Joseph getting him thrown in jail) and Sinon a Greek man who unknowingly let the Trojan horse in to Greece. After Master Adam describes the two sinners, Sinon is angered by Master Adam's description of him and the two fight. Dante is intrigued by their argument until Virgil ushers Dante away telling him that an argument like that is degrading. Canto 30 Type of Sin: Falsifires - Class 3 - Counterfeiter (Falsifier of Money) Punishment: Like the Alchemists, they are unable to move from where they lie. They must sufffer through an eternity of thirst. Who Is There: Master Adam (counterfeited Florentine money) Type of Sin: Falsifiers - Class 4 - The False Witness (Falsifiers of Word) Punishment: Stuck in the pit with the rest of the falsifiers only able to move their arms and drenched in disease Who Is There: Potiphar's Wife (she falsely accused Joseph from the Bible of trying to seduce her) & Sinon the Greek- Knew Adam (counterfeiter) & begins to pick a fight with him Canto 30 Canto 31 Location: The Central Pit of Malebolge Setting: A great well. At the bottom of the well lies Cocytus, the 9th circle of Hell-the traitors. Reason: The transition to the 9th circle of Hell Mythological Beasts or References: The Giants & Titans that stand guard inside the well pit with the top halves of their bodies right above the rim. Nimrod (Builder of the Tower of Babel), Ephialtes & Briateus (Warred against the Gods), Trtyas & Typhon (Insulted Jupiter), Antaeus (No specific offence) <-- Giants are placed here for their nature, not their sins. Other: At Virgil's request, Anthaeus takes them in his enormous hand & lowers them into the 9th & final circle of Hell Canto 31 Summary: The poets have left the eighth circle for good, and are now approaching the ninth and final circle of Hell. While approaching the great well, Dante sees what he thinks are two giant pillars or towers. But upon closer inspection, he soon realizes that these things are not pillars or towers but Giants and Titans. While they look at the giants, Virgil identifies several of them including Nimrod, the builder of the tower of Babel, Ephialtes and Briareus who fought against the gods, and Tityos and Typhon who isulted Jupiter. Virgil and Dante explain the the giants are not here for specific sins but rather for sins in general. Virgil persuades Antaeus to carry them down to the bottom of Hell. This is just a recap of everything we've gone over so far. The video was made by our very own Amara Sharp. Enjoy!