Dante’s Inferno 3, 2, 1
Dante’s Inferno 3, 2, 1
- What is the significance of the encounter of the meeting between Dante and Virgil?
- How can this canto help the reader to understand more about Dante’s character?
- Virgil’s presence is essential in helping Dante find his way
- Why didn’t the women in heaven send Virgil to help Dante instead of helping him directly?
- If hell is a place for the wicked, why did Virgil agree to assist Dante on his journey?
- Dante used the events in his life as the basis for the story
- In what ways does the canto emphasize the importance of having a stable mind?
- What are some of the metaphors used in this canto?
- Unlike most situations in life, religion has no place for any grey areas.
- In what ways is religion perceived as unfair?
- In what ways does intellectualism hinder people from accepting the concept and idea of faith as advocated for in most religions?
- Dante’s pleasure following the invitation of the poets shows his desire to belong
- In what ways does the representation of hell in this canto differ from the contemporary understanding?
- Based on some of the things that have brought people to hell, do you think that God understands people’s weaknesses?
- Love is a major force in human life and it determines people’s destinies?
- What is the significance of Ciacco in this section?
- How do you understand gluttony, and in what ways do you think it manifested itself in Dante’s world?
- Dante relied on mythology to write his work
- In what ways does this canto represent unrealistic ideals concerning perfection of humanity?
- Do you think Dante has an exaggerated concept of perfection and holiness?
- The characters receive the punishment they deserve in this canto
- Why does Dante remain angry and unsympathetic yet he sees people who are suffering from such behavior
- Why do you think the fallen angels refuse Dante to enter Dis?
- Despite pitying most of the people he meets, the experiences that Dante has had through his journey are not enough to change him
- Why is Virgil helpless and afraid in this situation?
- What mythologies does Dante cite?
- Virgil’s fear is real and justified in this canto
- In what ways does politics seem to influence Dante’s life?
- Why do you think the heretics are able to prophesy but not relate to present events?
- Politics play a major role in Dante’s life
- Which people suffer in the seventh circle of hell?
- Do you think the punishments in the eighth and ninth circles of hell are justified?
- Religious leaders are not a model of perfection in life
- Why does Virgil insist on speaking to Chiron?
- What are the sins of the people mentioned in this canto?
- Those punished in boiling blood deserve their punishment for the sins they committed
- Do you think that suicide is a sin?
- What is the significance of the trees in this context?
- Those who commit suicide should not be punished, as it is not a sin
- Which souls are contained in the three zones?
- Is hell meant to change the perception of those who suffer?
- Capaneus defies the logic and purpose of hell through his character
- In what ways do you think Dante yearns for recognition in this canto?
- Why do you think Virgil approves of Dante’s attitudes following Latini’s prediction?
- Mentors are not necessary in a person’s life, as they are not always right in their ways
- What is the significance and purpose of Dante’s cord?
- Why do you think the three souls are in exile?
- The idea and concept of courtesy and valor has all but disappeared in the present day
- Why do you think those who are violent towards art are punished?
- In what ways does this canto highlight the significance of art during Dante’s time?
- Virgil was not willing to risk the chance of Dante considering him a failure, hence his decision to send him away when he negotiated with the monster
- Why is the eighth circle referred to as the evil pouches?
- Flattery is common today. Why do you think Dante considered it a punishable sin?
- Dante was an early representation of feminism due to the concern he showed for women
- Which souls are punished in the third pouch?
- In what way does the canto represent and perceive religion?
- Religion is not bad in itself but people corrupt it for their own selfish desires
- Why does Virgil rebuke Dante when he pities the souls in the fourth pouch?
- Do you think Dante would have the same perception of magicians, astrologers, and diviners today?
- Present day understanding of sin has changed significantly since Dante’s time
- Who are the souls punished in the fifth pouch?
- Why do the demons obey the will of heaven by agreeing to help Virgil?
- Describe the punishment in this canto
- What metaphors does Dante use in this canto?
- In what ways are the metaphors relevant
- Describe how the sinner manages to escape the demons and find temporary relief
- What limits the demons from reaching Virgil and Dante?
- Why do you think most of the people that Dante encounters are willing to talk to him?
- Describe the significance of the attire that the hypocrites wear
- What challenges do Virgil and Dante have to contend with?
- Which souls do they encounter in the seventh pouch?
- Dante seems to wish most of his friends harmed as he encounters many people he knew in his life
- Why do you think Dante maintains a vengeful attitude?
- Why do Fucci and his companions receive the punishment they get?
- Describe the punishment in this canto
- What mythologies are referenced in the canto?
- How are the myths relevant to Dante’s work?
- Dante depends on Greek and Roman mythologies for his work
- How does Dante show his interest and desire for his country?
- Is this interest reflected in a positive or negative way?
- The concept of forgiveness did not seem to ring true in the church during Dante’s time as expressed in Guido’s life
- In what ways does Dante show the importance of obedience to authority?
- How does Dante express the importance of unity and peace in the canto?
- Peace and togetherness are important concepts to Dante and this goes beyond any hint of religious intolerance in the poem
- Which souls are represented in the four zones?
- How do the souls suffer in the tenth pouch suffer?
- Dante’s character has changed the more he has had many experiences and interacted with many souls in hell
- Which sin do you think is the worst among the people in the zones represented in the cantos?
- Do the souls deserve the same manner of punishment?
- Master Adams desire to get revenge shows that the punishment received in hell is not enough to warrant people to rethink their thoughts concerning sin
- How has Virgil and Dante’s relationship changed from the time they met?
- What are the unique characteristics of the creatures that Virgil and Dante encounter?
- Nimrod should not be punished for the origin of languages because this caused more benefit than harm to humans
- Why are the people in the cantos punished?
- Do they deserve the kind of punishment they get?
- Betraying ones country is worse than disloyalty to ones siblings and family
- Between Ugolino and Rugguen, who do you think deserved the worst punishment?
- Does Dante show contempt for God by including the souls who have not died in hell?
- Instead of giving people the relief they need to overcome their daily struggles, religion has acted contrary and it has forced people into sin
- Do you think the traitors to their benefactors are the greatest sinners?
- Who are the traitors, and whom did they betray?
- Dante succeeds in portraying the magnitude of hell using imagination, religion, and mythology but he fails in justifying the punishment that the sinners receive
Alighieri, Dante. Inferno. n. d. Web. 2 October 2014
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