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message 1: by Maria (last edited Dec 03, 2013 07:04AM) (new)

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Courtney Cone | 8 comments Inferno is Dante's journey to Hell. As he travels through each of the nine circles of Hell he sees mythological, greek, roman, biblical, and many other references to historical people. Why do you think Dante chooses to place people in each of the circles of Hell? Why wouldn't he just describe Hell without allusions to specific people? What is he saying about the culture who reveres some of the people inside? Pick one person and explain why they are damned to the specific circle for eternity.

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Bella Cunningham | 7 comments Dante encounters a leopard, a lion, and wolf in this first section of the reading.

What do you think these beasts symbolize? Are they an allusion to something (hint hint)?
Which animal seems to pose the greatest problem for Dante and what does this foreshadow?

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Mabry | 8 comments Dante chose to place people In hell because it made the ideas of the punishment occurring there more realistic; by placing specific people in the different circles of hell it gives more effect to the overall description of hell the author is trying to communicate. Dante is also revealing some contradictory ideals about culture. Some of the people contained in these circles are people Dante recognizes and Dante doesn't necessarily refer to them as bad people, in the first circle many great poets and philosophers and they are referred to as "great figures of the past".

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Hailey Smith | 6 comments I believe that Dante incorporates allusions to the classical epic writers form the beginning to not only establish himself as an intelligent and skilled writer but also to tie various cultural and religious traditions to the Christian concept of Hell. By placing old writers such as Homer and Virgil within his story, Dante shows how Christianity encompasses all other religions. He stresses the importance of his journey through Hell by including various cultural and religious elements, showing how this journey is significant to all who belong to the human race.

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Mabry | 8 comments The wolf symbolizes those who are incontinent with what they have, they desire more power or materials and there is a sense of vulnerability that is associated with the people in this circle. The lion symbolizes violence due to its assertive and aggressive nature. The leopard symbolizes sort of a disguise because of its spots but it also alludes to the leopard attacking and how it will wait until just the right moment to strike its prey not revealing its true motive until the prey does not expect it. Those in the final circle attempted to disguise themselves and act like the leopard.

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Griffith | 6 comments The three beasts seem to represent undesirable qualities of human nature blocking Dante from reaching the divine hilltop. When describing the she wolf, he says, "those who seek fulfillment there only find wretchedness." They are the categories that sin is usually broken into - lust is the leopard because of it's fine form and beauty as a creature, the lion represents pride, and the she wold represents greed. It's interesting she represents wealth and greed because it seems like she us an illusion to the she-wolf who raised Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome. She gives him the most trouble and he finds himself "so weak, so overcome with dread." Greed must be the sin category that he struggles the most with and truely keeps him out of "heaven" or the beautiful place.

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Shelby | 8 comments Courtney wrote: "Inferno is Dante's journey to Hell. As he travels through each of the nine circles of Hell he sees mythological, greek, roman, biblical, and many other references to historical people. Why do you t..."

I think Dante is trying to portray that even those held to the highest standards and seen in the the best regards fall and are not as perfect as society built them up to be. I think through bringing in "Great Leaders of the past", Dante illustrates the broken parts of society that worshiped these fallen leaders.

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Peyton | 2 comments The she-wolf seems to encompass all things related to envy and an insatiable desire for things which it does not have. The lion carries an intimidating aurora and gives off a sense of pride as if it is in total control and requires no assistance in any walk of life. The leopard represents duplicity and a sense of danger. This animal is the one I see as foreshadowing as it has a mysterious feel to it as if we have not been explained on it as well as we should have. As a whole I think that Dante uses the animals as a symbol for humans tendency to revert back to animal desire and primitive behavior and this is why humans fall short of God and also why we are doomed to damnation.

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Ian Pomeroy | 4 comments In the time that this poem was being written, the renaissance was happening, and people were looking more and more for ways to express the lost Greek and Roman ways of thinking in any way possible. Some did this through science, others visual art, and some, like Dante, did it through literature. Dante appeals to the crowd norm of the time by blending both Greek and Roman figures with allusions to christianity. This blending aided to the work's popularity especially in Dante's home country of Italy, where the origins and influences of Roman culture are deepest, and, therefore, most outspoken, and piety to the Christian (Catholic) faith was very revered, even if in varying levels. This blending of allusions also created multiple avenues for Dante to express his artistic style, and, at the same time, convey his themes and points of view to many different readers of many different backgrounds.

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Ian Pomeroy | 4 comments An example would be Achilles in the circle of lust. Though Dante could have used any number of the sinners from the bible who had given in to this deadly sin, many people of the common wealth were just starting to know the bible. Dante intelligently molded the depictions of sin in different ways that would apply to different people. In this case, Dante may not have been able to connect with his audience by using a religious figure, but, in his time, many people were enjoying the poets of old, Homer being one of them, and used Homer's character Achilles, who was a brazen man giving in to his heart and his passions, whether it be lust, violence or another, to paint a picture to the reader of what the circle of lust would include and what it would be like. (Sorry, I read the second half of the question after the first post)

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