2 The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri- Only copy the notes Dante’s BackgroundBorn in Middle Ages Florence in 1265Married Gemma Donati and had three childrenTwo boys-exiled; one daughter who was sent to conventDied in Ravenna in 1321
3 Dante’s Career Dante’s career started in 1295 There were two ruling families in FlorenceThe Guelphs—friends of the PopeThe Ghibellines—supporters of the Germanic emperorThe families battled repeatedly for power
4 Dante’s Career 2The Guelphs were in power; the Ghibellines were exiledThe Gulphs had a major fight from within and split into two groups—the whites and blacksThe blacks staged a coup sending Dante ad all the whites into permanent exileDante remained in exile for the rest of his life for graft and hostility against the PopeDante’s fortunes were confiscated—he lived off of friends for remainder of his life
5 Writing Career Was angered over injustices to his life He wanted it clarified what was good—what was evilHe was bored and began to explore concerns in writingWrote The Comedy of Dante Alighieri, Florentine by Citizenship, Not by Morals.
6 The CharactersDanteIs a sinner who has wandered from the right road and must get backHas fallen prey to seven deadly sins: (don’t need to copy sins)PrideEnvyWrathAcedia (laziness/sloth)Avarice (greed)GluttonyLustDante must compensate for laziness.If he can overcome his sin, so can you (his message!)
7 Virgil Why did Dante choose Virgil as his guide through hell? Virgil knew hell well as described in his book The Aeneid.Virgil foretold the coming of Christ and was seen as a mystic who could predict the future, manipulate spirits.He created the mythology that explained the Roman Empire.Virgil stands for human reason.
8 Beatrice Dante met her at age 9 and fell in love with her Beatrice was married to an older manDante only saw her a few timesShe was the embodiment of the spiritually pureShe died at a young age and this sent Dante into a depressionBeatrice sent Virgil to bring Dante out of hell and purgatory in hopes that he can reach heaven
9 Dante’s Beliefs Religion: Believed in one church, the Roman Catholic ChurchBelieved in heaven, purgatory, and hell
10 Dualities: Believed that two extreme opposites exist in most things. Power of church versus power of statePhilosophy versus religionPlato versus Aristotle (look for both in this work)Animals versus man versus angelsRealism versus symbolismCommon language versus elegant language
11 Physical world:Believed in Ptolemy’s view of the universe or that the planets circle the earth:EarthMoonVenusSunMarsJupiterSaturnStarry HeavenCrystalline HeavensHome of God
12 EducationBible and St. AugustineClassic Greek and Myths
13 The PlotThis is Dante’s journey through hell in his attempt to get to heavenThere are three canticles: hell, purgatory, and heaven.See map
14 SettingHell is a medieval hierarchy, a huge funnel shaped pit that occupies the center of the earth.Hell is established around Dante’s vision of it. Dante believes man has free will and gets what he has chosenHell is an individual’s potential for sin
15 Form Comedy- has a positive ending Epic- long narrative poem of a grand scale involving superhuman upon who the world (or a nation) dependsA Quest- a journey to achieve a prize or knowledge-wisdom
16 Language and Style First to write an epic in Italian, not Latin First to combine low, bawdy language with elevated poetic languageFirst to consciously use obscene language
17 Themes The whole world has meaning, reason, and order The source of meaning, reason, and order is God’s divine plan.The divine order is knowable and achievable by humankind.In sum if you’ll just be good, you can make it to the top or heaven.
18 HELL: Vestibule: The uncommitted Neither Good nor evil- only for themselvesLiving in maggots
19 Charon- A monster takes him across AcheronRiverCharon- A monster takes him across
20 Circle 1 (Limbo): Virtuous unbaptized Not tormentedPagansVirgil joins Dante hereOthers include:HomerHoraceOvid
21 Circle II: LustfulYou’ll be reading Canto 5 for the punishment in this level.Includes:Helen, Achilles, and ParisTristan and IsoltePaolo and FrancescaCleopatra
22 Circle III: Gluttonous 3 headed dog Cerberus chasing souls around and eating themStinking snow and freezing rain fallA gigantic garbage dump
23 Circle IV: Prodigal, Avaricious Hoarders vs. wastersCarrying dead weight that they push back and forth between themselvesPlutus- monster who whips them
24 Circle V (Styx): Wrathful The river StyxConstantly fightingBuried under slimPop bubbles so they can speak
25 Walls of the City of Dis Furies Rebellious Angels Medusa Split between upper and lower Hell
26 Circle VI: Heretics Violence to God Vast cemetery Coffins inflamed by fire
27 Circle VII: Violent against Neighbors Violent against Themselves Violent against God, Nature, and ArtSuicides trapped in trees- branches broke to speak and bleed- causes painA river of boiling bloodHarpies picking people apartBurning sand- slow rainMinotaur eating people
28 AbyssA water fall over a cliffHell becomes frozen after this
29 Circle VIII: (Malebolge): Evil ditches- or trenches that must be crossedSolg’sThe ten ditches of the Malebolge, in descending order, are listed thus: Bolgia One: Panderers and Seducers are punished here. They are forced to march, single file around the circumference of their circle, constantly lashed by horned demons.Bolgia Two: Sinners guilty of excessive flattery are punished in this bolgia, immersed forever in a river of human excrement.
30 Circle VIII: (Malebolge): continued Bolgia Three: Simonists (sinners guilty of selling church offices for personal gain) are punished here. They are turned upside down in large baptismal fonts cut into the rock, with their feet set ablaze by oily fires. The heat of the flames burns according to the guilt of the sinner.Bolgia Four: Astrologists, seers, sorcerers and others who attempted to pervert God’s laws to divine the future are punished here. Their heads have been twisted around to face backwards, and thus they are forced to walk backwards around the circumference of their circle for all of time.
31 Circle VIII: (Malebolge): continued Bolgia Five: Grafters (peculators, extortionists, blackmailers and unscrupulous businessmen: sinners who used their positions in life to gain personal wealth or other advantages for themselves) are punished by being thrown into a river of boiling pitch and tar. In addition, should any of the grafters try to escape the pitch, a horde of demons ("Malebranche", meaning "evil claws") armed with grappling hooks and barbs stands guard over them, ready to tear them to pieces.Bolgia Six: Hypocrites are punished in this circle. They are forced to wear heavy lead robes as they walk around the circumference of their circle. The robes are golden and resemble a monk’s cowl but are lined with heavy lead, symbolically representing hypocrisy. Also, Caiphas, the Pharisee who insisted on the execution of Jesus, is crucified in this circle, staked to the ground so that the ranks of the lead-weighted hypocrites march across him.
32 Circle VIII: (Malebolge): continued Bolgia Seven: This bolgia houses the souls of thieves. The bolgia is also filled with serpents, dragons and other vengeful reptiles that torture the thieves endlessly. The bites of some of the snakes cause the thieves to spontaneously combust, only to regenerate their bodies for further torment in a few moments. Other thieves are denied human forms and appear as reptiles themselves, and can only assume their true shape if they steal a human shape from another sinner; this involves a very painful transformation for both souls involved.Bolgia Eight: In this trench, the souls of Deceivers who gave false or corrupted advice to others for personal benefit are punished. They are constantly ablaze, appearing as nothing so much as living, speaking tongues of flame.
33 Circle VIII: (Malebolge): continued Bolgia Nine: Sinners who, in life, promoted scandals, schism, and discord are punished here; particularly those who caused schism within the church or within politics. They are forced to walk around the circumference of the circle bearing horrible, disfiguring wounds inflicted on them by a great demon with a sword. The nature of the wound mirrors the sins of the particular soul; while some only have gashes, or fingers and toes cut off, others are decapitated, cut in half (as schismatics), or are completely disemboweled. In the Inferno, Muslim prophet Muhammad is tortured in this ditch.Bolgia Ten: Falsifiers, those who attempted to alter things through lies or alchemy, or those who tried to pass off false things as real things, such as counterfeiters of coins, are punished here. This bolgia has four subdivisions where specific classes of falsifiers (alchemists, impostors, counterfeiters, and liars) endure different degrees of punishment based on horrible, consumptive diseases such as rashes, dropsy, leprosy and consumption.The lower edge of Malebolge is guarded by a ring of titans and earth giants, many of whom are chained in place as punishment for their rebellion against the gods. Beyond and below the giants lies Cocytus, hell's final depth.
34 Giants WellFrozen and angry Giants who try to kill Dante
35 Circle IX (Cocytus): Traitors To kindred, To country, To Guests, To MastersIn Inferno, the first cantica of Dante's The Divine Comedy, Cocytus is the ninth and lowest circle of Hell. Cocytus is referred to as a frozen lake rather than a river, although it originates from the same source as the other infernal rivers. The lake is frozen by the flapping wings of Lucifer, or Satan; his tears replenish the lake, and are then frozen by his attempts to escape via the wings. It is divided into four descending "rounds," or sections:Caina, after the Biblical Cain; traitors to blood relatives.Antenora, after Antenor from the Iliad; traitors to country.Ptolomea, after Ptolemy, governor of Jericho, who murdered his guests (1 Maccabees); traitors to guests.Judecca, after Judas Iscariot; traitors to masters and benefactors.Lucifer is at the center of the circle, his lower body trapped in ice, and is depicted with three mouths. One mouth gnaws on Brutus and another on Cassius, the leading conspirators against Julius Caesar, and both are chewed feet foremost with their heads protruding. The chewed head of Judas is in the third mouth.
36 Works CitedAlegheri, Dante. The Inferno. Trans. John Ciardi. New York: Penguin, 1982.“Inferno.” Encyclopedia Reference. Ask.com. Keyword: “Inferno.” 30 Oct