Use Of Similes In Dante's Inferno

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IV - Author’s use of Language/ Literary Devices: Personification: Dante’s twist on personification is evident throughout his work, as it was extremely common in this era. Within the first Canto we can already imagine the words vividly, “Upward I looked, and I beheld its shoulders Vested already with that planet's rays Which leadeth others right by every road.” In this example Dante is actually speaking about a mountain’s foot, which he has just stumbled upon. When he says ‘vested already with the planet’s rays,’ he is referring to the sun’s light. Archetypes: Dante uses archetypes* when he is explaining the different circles. *An archetype is a typical example of a certain person or thing. EX Similes: Dante’s Inferno is overflowing with similes, such as the blood that flows from the snapped twig in the suicide woods is an example, it compares the normal sap to the thickness of blood. Homeric Similes: Dante’s use of epic, or homeric similes are much more common among his written work in the Inferno. Since he likes to add lots of details that elongate his sentences, they aren’t hard to find in the book. "As chanting cranes will form a line in the air, so I saw souls come uttering cries" (V.39). This simile juxtaposes the souls of Hell crying in agony to chanting cranes, as they are both protesting something in their own way. Epithet: Dante often uses epithets to provide the reader with definitive descriptions of characters or the setting."Great connoisseur of sin" (V.37). This text alludes to Minos, the king of Crete, who constructed a beast called the Minotaur, who assailed people in the Labyrinth. Imagery: Imagery is an important theme through Dante’s Inferno that Dante uses frequently to give us images to describe "..my guide, Embraced my neck and kissed me on the face.." (VIII.40-41). The imagery used in these lines provide an image of how Virgil treats Dante. V - Motif to Develop Theme: In Dante’s Inferno the recurring theme in the literary work is the punishment of sins, and the severity that the people in hell suffer as a consequence. Pierro delle Vigne explains the actions of that which: led him to hell, suicide, and how it condemned him to eternity in hell as a tree trunk. He confesses, “My
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