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Dante's Inferno (Contrapasso)
Transcript of Dante's Inferno (Contrapasso)
Dido, Queen of Carthage and widow of Sychaeus, killed herself after her lover, Aeneas, abandoned her to continue his mission to establish a new civilization in Italy. She is written of in Virgil's epic poem, The Aeneid. Though she comitted suicide, an act that could have placed her in the 7th circle of hell, Dante places her in the less severe 2nd circle.
Why does Dante chose the 2nd circle, rather than the 7th?
Reading the section titled, "The Love of His Life," on page 656, may help you find the answer.
1. How is contrapasso represented in this punishment? Circle III: The Gluttonous Rain, consisting of filth and excrement, pours down on the souls in this layer of hell. Upon entering the circle, Dante and Virgil are confronted by Cerberus, a three-headed dog. Virgil throw Cerberus a piece of earth, which satisfies him. 5. How does this punishment represent contrapasso? 3. How does this punishment represent contrapasso? 2. Because pre-Christian figures, such as Moses, are not in Limbo, is it contradictory that Plato, Homer, and Socrates are, given the reasons for their punishment?