Presentation on theme: "Dante’s Inferno canto 1 lines 1-12 Midway in our life’s journey, I went astray from the straight road and woke to find myself alone in a dark wood. How."— Presentation transcript:
Dante’s Inferno canto 1 lines 1-12 Midway in our life’s journey, I went astray from the straight road and woke to find myself alone in a dark wood. How shall I say? what wood that was! I never saw so drear, so rank, so arduous a wilderness! Its very memory gives shape to fear. Death could scarce be more bitter than that place! But since it came to good, I will recount all that I found revealed there by God’s grace. How I came to it I cannot rightly say, so drugged and loose with sleep had I become when I first wandered there from the True Way. How can we read these lines literally and figuratively?
Name the 7 Deadly Sins and 7 Cardinal Virtues 7 Deadly Sins7 Cardinal Virtues PrideFaith EnvyHopeChristian virtues GreedLove SlothPrudence WrathTemperanceGreek Cardinal virtues LustCourage GluttonyJustice
Sins of excess/emotion vs. Sins of intellect Lust excessive love of others Gluttony consumption to the point of waste Greed/Avarice Choosing material and temporal over God Sloth lazy / lacking zeal in love for God Wrath uncontrolled feelings of hatred Envy one’s desire to deprive others Pride desire to be more important that others. "love of self perverted to hatred and contempt for one's neighbor."
Faith: in God Hope: belief in a positive outcome Love: Greek agape love of family/God eros sexual love Prudence: caution regarding practical matters Temperance: self restraint in action / self control Courage: confronting fear Justice: moderation between selfishness and selflessness
Ways to “read” Inferno Allegory: Dante/Italy lost his “moral way” Love story: Dante is trying to get back to Beatrice, for him the image of God Psychological: Dante is working out his depression from being banished from Florence. Structure: Dante is shown a level of hell based on various sins. Usually one or two people offer their reason for being where they are as representation of sin. Notice the connection between sin and punishment (i.e. Paulo and Francesca: sin/lust punishment/storm).