ENG150Y1 Lecture Notes - Acheron, Phlegyas, Typography

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January 16th Dante Inferno
Vividness of image; people actually believed he went to hell and back
Description of sound in the circle of the lustful and Dante’s sense of experience, followed by
similes makes the scene palpable, unforgettable
Reader is very aware of physical reality of hell, sense of movement through space that is aligned
with the passing of time
Inferno 11 Virgil’s explanation of the structure of hell, pause (because it smells) in narrative
Moral Typography of Hell
Dark Wood (three beasts) (gate)
Neutrals (River Acheron) (Charon)
Limbo (Descent) (Minos)
Lustful (Dante faints) (Cerberus)
Gluttonous (descent) (Plutus)
Avaricious & Prodigal (descent)
Wrathful (river Styx) (Phlegyas) (Gate of Dis) (Rebel angels, Furies , Gorgon)
Heretics (cliff) (Minotaur)
Violent
- Difference between weak will (incontinences) and deliberately trying to hurt people (malice)
- More corrupt the will the more severe the punishment it is
- Allegory of she-wolf suggests that Dante is most bothered by incontinence
- Habituation of sin can make a soul more corrupted
The Lustful Paolo and Francesca (Canto 5)
Many historical figures featured (Helen, Dido, Cleopatra) but he chooses to talk to people closer
to his context as an Italian
Francesca almost blames God “if the King of the universe was our friend…”
Repetition of the affective word “love” reflects Dante’s early love poetry, absorbs him and the
reader in atmosphere of desire
The romantic book of Lancelot and Guinevere is the “Galehaut” (the one that sets them up)
the role of reading
Dante the Pilgrim’s emotional response suggests that he disagrees with divine logic and rather
sympathizes with them, but not Dante the Poet
Canto 10 souls in limbo/heretics are not mentioned by Virgil because of his Pagan perspective
Meeting of Farinata and Cavlacante
Materialists believe soul dies with body, contrasts idea of resurrection
Farinata is Italian, important figure of Tuscany, asks Dante who is ancestors are because familial
political relations matter
Logic of association (family devotion, devotion to city) allows people to practice the political
order of the world which strays from divine devotion
He asks him why his family is exiled, Dante answers that politics has become religion
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Vividness of image; people actually believed he went to hell and back. Description of sound in the circle of the lustful and dante"s sense of experience, followed by similes makes the scene palpable, unforgettable. Reader is very aware of physical reality of hell, sense of movement through space that is aligned with the passing of time. Inferno 11 virgil"s explanation of the structure of hell, pause (because it smells) in narrative. Wrathful (river styx) (phlegyas) (gate of dis) (rebel angels, furies , gorgon) Difference between weak will (incontinences) and deliberately trying to hurt people (malice) More corrupt the will the more severe the punishment it is. Allegory of she-wolf suggests that dante is most bothered by incontinence. Habituation of sin can make a soul more corrupted. The lustful paolo and francesca (canto 5) Many historical figures featured (helen, dido, cleopatra) but he chooses to talk to people closer to his context as an italian.