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Inferno

Inferno

by Dante Alighieri

Inferno Analysis

Literary Devices in Inferno

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

Let’s face it, you can’t really discuss Hell and all its inhabitants without illuminating something about the society that produces such evildoers. So Dante’s personal crisis and...

Setting

We’re going to go out on a limb here and say that the Inferno wins the competition for coolest setting of all time. Hands down. Not just because it’s Hell, the most intense of all place...

Narrator Point of View

In our "Character Analysis" of Dante, we’ve discussed how it’s important to distinguish between author-Dante and character-Dante. Here’s why: Our narrator is primarily character-D...

Genre

The Inferno is in verse. It rhymes. And has a meter (terza rima). D you need any more convincing that Inferno is a poem? As for the epic part, Dante is talking about a man’s choice between go...

Tone

Dante cares deeply about the moral thought processes of mankind, having personally suffered as a result of others’ sin. He was exiled from his hometown. We know the intensity of his feelings...

Writing Style

There’s very little that’s easy and accessible about Dante’s style. By "formal," we mean that Dante adheres to a very rigid literary form. In this case, epic conventions include t...

What’s Up With the Title?

Dante’s Divine Comedy, which traces the spiritual journey of souls, actually consists of three parts: Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. Inferno is the first part. The story starts off in the...

Plot Analysis

Dante has been loosing his way. He needs to tour Hell so he can get back on the righteous path. (Inferno in its entirety)Dante needs help in a bad way because he is lost in a dark wood, symbolizing...

Booker's Seven Basic Plots Analysis

"Abandon every hope, ye who enter here."Dante has a rather special case of midlife crisis. He’s lost in the woods. Which is, of course, allegorical. He has lost the true path to God and now w...

Three Act Plot Analysis

Dante is rescued by Virgil within the dark wood. They enter Hell. In the first five circles, Dante shows an excess of compassion for the incontinent sinners. Towards the end, Dante rebukes Filippo...

Trivia

Dante was twelve years old when he first met Beatrice. He immediately fell in love. His close friend, Guido, ended up marrying her.Dante’s party of White Guelphs were attacked while he was ou...

Steaminess Rating

People aren’t actually having sex in Hell, though they’re certainly there for doing it. There are, however, stories of sex. In fact, the whole first circle is devoted to the lustful. In...

Allusions

Virgil is Dante’s guide, first mention (Inf. I, 79)…Homer (Inf. IV, 88)Aristotle, Ethics (Inf. XI, 80)Aristotle, Physics (Inf. XI, 101)Aesop (Inf. XXIII, 4-7)Charon (Inf. III, 94-99)Aen...

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