When Dante and Virgil arrive at a city, how do the fallen angels treat them?
Some discussion starters:
What is the logical relationship between the vice of lust and its punishment in Dante's hell?
Why is Dante moved to tears after Francesca's description of love (5.100-7) and why does he finally fall "as a dead body falls" after her personal account of her intimate relationship with Paolo (5.127-38)?
The episode of Francesca and Paolo, the first in which Dante encounters someone punished in hell for their sins, presents a challenge: Dante-character is overcome by compassion for the lovers even as Dante-poet has damned them to hell in the first place. What are possible consequences of this apparent gap between the perspectives of the character and the poet who are both "Dante"?
From Dante's presentation of Francesca and Paolo, we are encouraged to consider the place of moral responsibility in depictions of love, sex, and violence in our own day. We can certainly discuss music, television, movies, and advertising (as well as literature) in these terms. Who is more (or less) responsible and therefore accountable for unacceptable attitudes and behavior in society: the creators and vehicles of such messages or the consumers and audiences?
What is the contrapasso in the punishment for Gluttony?
Look at lines 57, 76, and 90. How might Dante figuratively participate in the vice of gluttony?
Discuss the punishment described in 7.22-35 for Avarice/Greed
How is this punishment appropriate for the vices of this circle? Consider the relevance of Virgil's description of fortune in 7.70-96.
AP quiz on Canto I
Background on Dante & his times lecture
Group mini-research (1 doc per table):
- 7 Deadly sins
- 7 Heavenly (or Divine) Virtues
- Chivalric Code ( note difference between versions of the code)
- Medieval Virtue Ethics:
- Canon Law:
- The Great Chain of Being (Also lecture/discussion-see button on Unit Page)
Discussion of Cantos I-III
1) Alone or at your tables, decide the symbolism/meaning/significance of:
2) Discuss "The Descent": encounter with Virgil, Beatrice's role, the sign over the door to Hell (full text) and it's meaning and ramifications. WHY must Dante go to/through Hell?
Discuss the Contrapasso (one of the few rules in Dante's Inferno. It is the one “law of nature” that applies to hell, stating that for every sinner's crime there must be an equal and fitting punishment) of this 'not quite Hell' level.
WHO is here (name names!)? Why?
How is their punishment symbolic of their sin?
Why is this ironically appropriate punishment?
Finish our Beowulf discussions.
Work on our SP Formal Outline (due Oct 16)
Begin Dante's Inferno (Ciardi trans. preferred-- library has hard copies, or e-texts on unit page)
Read Cantos I-III for 10/15
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