Tag Archives: Dante’s Inferno

David Bruce: Dante’s INFERNO: A Discussion Guide — “Canto 7: Prepurgatory — The Negligent Princes”

Canto 7: Prepurgatory — The Negligent Princes How does Sordello react when he learns that he has embraced the great Virgil? Sordello asks Dante and Virgil more about who they are, and Virgil introduces himself: “Or ever to this mountain … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Dante’s PURGATORY: A Discussion Guide — “Canto 6: Prepurgatory — Sordello”

Canto 6: Prepurgatory — Sordello Often we will see linkage in The Divine Comedy. For example, Inferno6 and Purgatory6 are both about politics (as isParadise6). We will see a broadening of perspective as we go from the Inferno to Purgatory … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Dante’s Inferno: The Law of Contrapasso”

“Dante’s Inferno: The Law of Contrapasso” By David Bruce Introduction Dante’s Inferno is noted for following the law of contrapasso or divine retribution. God created the Inferno to punish unrepentant, sinful souls, and He made each punishment appropriate for the sin being punished. … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Outline of Dante INFERNO

Outline of the Inferno Cantos 1-2: Dark Wood of Error Virgil arrives at the request of three heavenly ladies to be Dante’s guide through the Inferno and up the Mountain of Purgatory. Canto 3: Vestibule of Hell Sinners who never … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Dante’s INFERNO: A Discussion Guide — “Canto 34: The Ultimate Evil”

“Canto 34: The Ultimate Evil” The innermost ring punishes souls who have treacherously betrayed their rightful lords and benefactors, both temporal and spiritual. The innermost Circle is called Judecca, and it is named after Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Christ. Dante … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Dante’s INFERNO: A Discussion Guide — “Canto 33: Tolomea (Ugolino and Ruggieri)”

“Canto 33: Tolomea (Ugolino and Ruggieri)” Since Canto 31, we have been in the bottom of Hell, the 9thCircle. Here we see complex fraud, fraud directed against those who have a special claim on the sinner, those to whom the … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Dante’s INFERNO: A Discussion Guide — “Canto 32: Caina and Antenora”

“Canto 32: Caina and Antenora” What is the punishment of the Traitors, and how is it fitting? The Ninth Circle is divided into four rings. Each ring punishes one kind of traitor: traitors against kin/family, traitors against government, traitors against … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Dante’s INFERNO: A Discussion Guide — “Canto 31: Towering Giants”

“Canto 31: Towering Giants” What is the story of the horn of Roland? The Song of Roland(La Chanson de Roland) is the oldest surviving work of French literature. It tells the story of Roland, one of the paladins of Charlemagne. Roland … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Dante’s INFERNO: A Discussion Guide — “Canto 30: The Falsifiers (Impersonators, Counterfeiters, and Liars)”

“Canto 30: The Falsifiers (Impersonators, Counterfeiters, and Liars)” What is the punishment given to the Falsifiers, and why is it fitting? Various kinds of falsification are punished with various kinds of illness: Alchemists The Alchemists have leprosy (the Alchemists tried to … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Dante’s INFERNO: A Discussion Guide — “Canto 29: The Falsifiers (Alchemists)”

“Canto 29: The Falsifiers (Alchemists)” Who is Geri del Bello, and what can we learn from his story? Geri del Bello, a first cousin of Dante’s father, was murdered in a blood feud between families. Geri del Bello is angry at … Continue reading

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