Stands for divine revelation; Dante's inspiration
stands for human reason; Dante's guide through hell
"the great refusal"
boat man; carries sinners across Acheron (the river into hell)
the river sinners must cross to enter hell
the three locations in the Divine Comedy
Describe Dante's political beliefs and oppositions and describe the consequences of these beliefs.
elected as one of the 6 governors of Florence; wanted separation of church and state; strongly opposed the pope's interference in political conflicts
Why is Dante's Inferno considered an epic?
It is written in an exalted form with a hero as its subject
What is an allegory?
A work in which all characters, places, symbols, and events were symbolic and not meant to be taken seriously
What is the medieval definition of comedy?
A tale with a happy ending
How many cantos are in Dante's Inferno?
What great sin did the souls commit in canto 3?
They were neither good nor bad; they were lukewarm
What is the significance of the words "I last eternally/ all hope abandon/ you who enter here"?
Hell is eternal, permanent, and there's no turning back
What is Virgil's attitude toward Dante?
He's a mentor; he is nice to him
What types of imagery does Dante usse to paint a picture of hell?