Analysis of Dante´s Inferno Essay

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Dante’s Inferno is a very important piece of literature. There are many things to be learned from it, from the face value knowledge that Hell is a bad place, to a deeper understanding of how God intended us to live; but the most important lesson to be learned here is the power of allegory. Nancy Thuleen says this about it. “Dante's portrayal of Hell in the Inferno is an undisputed masterpiece of visual and allegorical imagery, enriched not only by extensive use of figurative language, but by concrete physical descriptions as well” Dante had allegory down to a science, and applied it to every aspect of his Inferno. If you are looking for it, you will notice that everything in the poem is laced with deeper meaning. However, there are some …show more content…
As Dante describes it, “The voice of each clamors its own excess when lust meets lust at the two points of the circle where opposite guilts meet in their wretchedness. (pg.73)” In life, these sinners were at one extreme interpretation of material things, and in death these two extremes punish each other until the end of time.
Next, the sixth circle of hell is one of my favorite parts of Dante’s Inferno because of how well the punishment reciprocates the sin. This circle is the first inside the walls of the City of Dis, home of Lower Hell. The sixth circle is hot and fiery, due to the nature of the punishment. Here, heretics, those who deny God, are dealt with by being placed in burning tombs. Doug Beaumont will detail the punishment. “One translation has these called “burning arks” – fascinating as the Church has been considered the saving Ark since ancient times. Missing out on the Ark of salvation they now burn in arks of damnation. The tombs are open now, revealing the flames inside. We are told that after the resurrection these souls will be reunited to their bodies and then sealed in these tombs forever. Terrifying.” Where is the allegory in this punishment? It is understandable to say that being in a box that’s on fire forever sucks, but what makes it suck even worse for these sinners? Dante puts it like this. “All shall be sealed forever on the day these souls return here from Jehosaphat with the bodies they have given once to clay. (pg. 96)”
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