Dantes Divine Comedy: A Retelling in Prose
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Found at these bookshops Searching - please wait We were unable to find this edition in any bookshop we are able to search. The giant Antaeus is quick to obey the whims of Dante as soon as the latter promises to bring the giant's name back to prominence on Earth, not even offering a comment or request regarding the chains and ice that confine him so tightly. God : In the thirty-third canto of the third part of the poem, the last lines is dedicated to describing Him, a task the narrator admits is like accurately recalling something you saw 25 centuries ago or speaking wisely with an infant's intellect.
Still, the Comedy tries and ultimately illustrates a figure that is made up of three circles which somehow look as if they are a single circle. One of the circles looks like it's coming from the first circle and the third looks like fire being produced by both. That begotten circle strangely has the same color as the rest of the circles while also bearing the hue of humanity, a fact which encapsulates the poem's protagonist. Although he tries to take the whole of that great light into his mind, Dante admits he is too weak for that, but the light granted him what his mind had asked for.
Then I turned my eyes to Beauty's eyes once more. Tropes M to R.
While in Rimini, she fell in love with Giovanni's younger and handsome brother, Paolo, who was married as well. They managed to carry on an affair for some ten years, until Giovanni ultimately surprised them in Francesca's bedroom, killing them both.
Mama Bear : When demons begin to chase Dante, the narration compares his guide, Virgil, to a mother who is woken up by a fire and grabs her kid without pausing, putting his safety above her own. In that way, Virgil "snatched [Dante] up" and escaped the Circle with him. The Man in the Moon : There are two brief references to an old folk tale where Cain's face became imprinted on the Moon as a curse for creating killing.
Book review: Dante: The Divine Comedy, translated by Clive James
After Virgil leaves Dante forever, Beatrice demands Dante repent of his sins until our hero is reduced to tears, prompting her to ask "What are you thinking," making it clear she is his new, and much more direct, mentor. Those at the gate threaten to bring out Medusa to turn Dante to stone; Virgil, not trusting Dante to keep his own eyes closed, covers Dante's eyes with his own hands while they wait for divine aid to come to let them pass through. As a Roman poet, Virgil allegorically stands for wisdom obtainable by human reason, and he fittingly leaves the poem once Dante has to ascend to Heaven and face the world of theology.
Mentor Occupational Hazard : Played With ; Dante's mentor is the Hell-shadow of a pagan poet, so he can't die in the ordinary sense. Instead, the poet Virgil disappears without a word when Dante has scaled Purgatory and strengthened his will enough to be independent of his ghostly father figure. It is assumed Virgil returns to his eternal death in Hell, a fate which nearly moves Dante to tears. Messianic Archetype : Christ is represented at the end of Purgatorio by a mighty griffin.
The griffin has two natures lion and eagle that mirror the two natures of Jesus human and divine , it mightily denies to eat from the corrupting Tree of Knowledge, and the griffin guides a Sun-bright chariot that represents the Church. The griffin also is a mixture of three colors: gold and white to highlight its divinity and blood-red to make light of Christ's suffering in his death.
Metaphorically True : One sinner asks Dante if he will clear the ice from his eyes after he tells his story. Dante responds that if he doesn't, may he "go to the bottom of the ice". As it turns out, the entrance to Purgatory is reached by traveling below the ice Dante singles out a particularly exhausted-looking sinner and tells his guide, "See that man? Lazier he could not look, not even if 'Lazy' were his middle name. On Jupiter, the souls of The Good Kings work together to take the shape of a gigantic eagle, the symbol of the Roman Empire. Amazingly, not only can they perfectly move parts of the Eagle's bodies without speaking to each other, but the Eagle can talk separately from any of them.
Spiritually, this shows the perfection of Heavenly communion, but it also makes a political point that kings are not supposed to manipulate others on whims, but are supposed to be one, subordinate part of a just society that works for the good of all. Mix-and-Match Critters : Geryon is described as a devil with the face of a honest man, the body of a multicolored serpent, hairy wings, and a scorpion's stinger. Moral Event Horizon : Betraying one's guests is this In-Universe — such sinners are immediately sent to Ptolomea even though they're still alive, with a demon inhabiting their body until their death.
This prompts him to tell Florence to be joyous in its greatness, since her name extends everywhere in Hell. My Skull Runneth Over : When listening to the ghost of a crusader sing on Mars, our 14th century poet is so overwhelmed by the divine truths the ghost sings of that his intelligence can't contain them. Thankfully, the soldier-spirit simplifies his speech so the poet's mind doesn't crack like a twig. Even with Heaven's light and the Virgin Mary's intercession empowering him, Dante can't keep even a flawed memory of what God is like in his head, losing more memory of that event than memory had been lost of events from two thousand years before.
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Mystical Plague : Falsifiers which include alchemists, perjurers and counterfeiters are punished in the last bolgia in the 8th circle of hell by being afflicted by horrible diseases. Turns out one of the repentant gluttons is a big fan of Dante. Each of them has a name to reflect their sadistic nature, like Malacoda "evil tail" or Draghignazzo "big nasty dragon". Neutrality Backlash : Those who refused to commit to a life of goodness without actively doing evil are left to run back and forth just beyond the gate to Hell, unable to rest in a single place. This is hardly better than the Hell that rejects them, since the souls here are constantly attacked by wasps that cause their faces to stream with blood and Dante goes to note that these countless souls who chose to do nothing with life can hardly be said to have lived at all.
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This particular element failed to stick in the popular consciousness, although it did inspire the Central Theme of Dan Brown's Inferno , which otherwise has no thematic connection to Dante whatsoever. New Media Are Evil : An Older Than Print example; Francesca puts the blame for her damnation on a romantic poem about Sir Lancelot's affair that manipulated her and her brother-in-law to commit adultery. In context, Francesca is clearly just refusing to take responsibility for her own sins, but it remains unclear whether the author agrees that those new-fangled Courtly Love poems are sinful.
Nightmarish Factory : The fifth bolgia of the fraudulent is compared to a tar-filled Venetian naval arsenal. No Bisexuals : Dante sees heterosexuals and homosexuals running in opposite directions in the Purgatory of Lust, with no indication that people exist who lust after both sexes. Not that Dante's audience in 14th-century Italy would really be desperate to see that.
No Escape but Down : The descent into Hell only allows downward movement, so when demons get grabby in Circle 8, the only haven is to be found by diving further into the Inferno. If you can jump into another circle or ditch of Hell, then the demons will be unable to follow since Divine Judgement confined them to their Circle.
No Party Like a Donner Party : Ugolino, according to some interpretations, is implied to have eaten his children when imprisoned in the "Hunger Tower". In Hell, he continually eats the head of the man who imprisoned him there just like Tydeus did with an enemy soldier in The Thebaid.
This beautiful society Dante never got to know contrasts with the corrupt and sinful Florence that banished Dante in favor of a corrupt Pope, leaving Dante to imagine what his home could be if it only followed the example of its dead heroes. No Sympathy : Virgil appeals to the dead lover of Cato to convince the man to let Dante into Purgatory. Problem is, since Cato is in Purgatory while his lover is in Hell, Cato's unconditional love for his wife has turned to unmovable apathy, so Dante is only allowed to enter Purgatory due to the decree of God.
Not Afraid to Die : The sight of the fiery wheels of souls rejoicing and dancing across the Sun proves more beautiful than anything found in life on Earth. Death, all the unpleasantries of it aside, is nothing to fear for a man like Dante who has seen such wonders on the other side.