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Inferno

Inferno

by Dante Alighieri

Guide Mentor

Character Role Analysis

Virgil

We think that Virgil’s line, "I shall guide you," is telling. But if you want a long, detailed account on Virgil’s mentor status, see his "Character Analysis." Briefly, Virgil does a lot of lecturing and reprimanding and praising in the course of his and Dante’s journey through Hell, and this is his sole function. Besides being a conduit of endless information, Virgil acts as a role model for Dante. He gives his protégé tips on how to behave and speak to the sinners.


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