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Dante 2

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Department
English
Course
ENG150Y1
Professor
William Robins
Semester
Winter

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January 16 – 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)  Ma
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