History Literature / TheDivineComedy

24th Jan '17 10:22:34 PM SoapheadChurch
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* CreatorProvincialism: The poem gives the impression that the entire universe is structured with respect to Medieval Italy and the Roman Empire. Notably, the lowest level of hell is shared by Judas, Brutus, and Cassius, because Dante apparently believed that destruction of an Empire based in Italy was a sin on par with betraying the son of God.
23rd Jan '17 5:32:59 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* DeliberatelyPainfulClothing: The punishment for {{Hypocrite}}s in ''Inferno'' is to wear gilded lead cloaks.
19th Jan '17 11:37:31 AM AnonFangeekGirl
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* CliffsOfInsanity: Purgatory is a giant mountain.

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* CliffsOfInsanity: Purgatory is a giant mountain. Hell also has a lot of cliffs.



* EvilChancellor

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* EvilChancellorEvilChancellor: 'Evil Counselors' (meaning those who advised others to do evil things) are in the 8th bolgia of the 8th circle. Their punishment is to be trapped within individual tongues of fire.



* EvilIsDeathlyCold: The deepest circle of Hell, reserved for traitors and lorded over by a monstrous but helpless Satan, is a frozen lake.

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* EvilIsDeathlyCold: The deepest Two circles use cold as part of their punishment- the second circle of Hell, reserved for traitors (for gluttons) is constantly soaked by freezing rain, and lorded over by a monstrous but helpless Satan, the final circle (for traitors) is a frozen lake.



* FateWorseThanDeath: One might think that The Inferno is chock full of these, but the ones who ''really'' have it bad are the ones trapped in Hell's Vestibule -- The Opportunists. As they never took sides between good and evil in life, so is their fate in death. They're not actually a part of Hell, and they have no chance at redemption. They just have one small place to be tormented for eternity alone by themselves.

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* FateWorseThanDeath: One might think that The Inferno Everywhere in ''Inferno'' (which is chock full of these, a given, since it depicts Hell), but the ones who ''really'' have it bad are the ones trapped in Hell's Vestibule -- The Opportunists. As they never took sides between good and evil in life, so is their fate in death. They're not actually a part of Hell, and they have no chance at redemption. They just have one small place to be tormented for eternity alone by themselves.



* {{Gorn}}: ''Frequent''.

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* {{Gorn}}: ''Frequent''. Probably the worst is the punishment for the Sowers of Discord in the 9th Bolgia. Sinners there constantly walk in a circle, being hacked up by a demon and healing just in time to be mutilated again.



* InThePastEveryoneWillBeFamous: Everyone in the afterlife is either a well-known historical figure or someone who would be familiar to Dante's readers. It gets a {{justifi|edTrope}}cation as Dante's guides point out these exemplary figures. They also usually have more important places in Heaven or more picturesque punishments in Hell. There are some exceptions, though--the hoarders and spenders, for instance, are so featureless that they can barely be distinguished from each other, and Dante does pause to talk with a nameless Florentine suicide.

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* InThePastEveryoneWillBeFamous: Everyone in the afterlife is either a well-known historical figure or someone who would be familiar to Dante's readers. It gets a {{justifi|edTrope}}cation as Dante's guides point out these exemplary figures.figures, or Dante himself recognizes them. They also usually have more important places in Heaven or more picturesque punishments in Hell. There are some exceptions, though--the hoarders and spenders, for instance, are so featureless that they can barely be distinguished from each other, and Dante does pause to talk with a nameless Florentine suicide.



* IronicHell: A quite famous one at that.

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* IronicHell: Everywhere in ''Inferno''. A quite famous one partial list:
** The lustful, who were unable to control their sexual urges, are now unable to control anything as they are whirled about in a violent wind.
** The gluttonous, who degraded themselves for their appetites, are trapped in putrid mud representing the garbage they produced in life.
** Suicides are transformed into trees. Having voluntarily rejected the body and life that God gave them, they no longer have humanoid form and never will, even when all other souls are resurrected (instead, their bodies will just hang on their tree forms).
** Flatterers are immersed in excrement, representing all the degraded and base flatteries they told on Earth.
** Simoniacs, who perverted the meaning of the church by selling holy things for mortal money (the sin is named after Simon the Magus, who offered the apostles money if they would teach him the 'magic' that they did), are punished in an inversion of baptism- stuck upside-down in holes resembling baptismal fonts with flames burning
at that.their feet (instead of water being poured over one's head in baptism).
** Sorcerors and fortunetellers, who attempted to use fraudulent means to see the future, have their heads turned backwards so they ''cannot'' see what's in front of them.
** Corrupt politicians are immersed in boiling pitch, representing the 'sticky fingers' and dark secrets of their corruption.
** Hypocrites wear gilded lead robes (that look like a monk's habit, for extra irony points). These look nice and shiny on the outside but are in reality dull and heavy, like the hypocrites' own falsity.
** Those who caused strife and division around them are themselves divided- by being hacked up by a demon.
** Falsifiers, who are a 'disease' on society, are themselves afflicted by diseases.



* MoralEventHorizon: Betraying one's guests is this InUniverse- such sinners are ''immediately'' sent to Ptolomaea even though they're still alive, with a demon inhabiting their body until their death.



* SelfInflictedHell: The damned are implied to have chosen their own fate, as they clamber madly to cross the river Acheron. Also, Lucifer's massive wings create the wind that keeps him trapped in the frozen Cocytus.

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* SelfInflictedHell: The damned are implied to have chosen their own fate, as they clamber madly to cross the river Acheron. Also, Lucifer's massive wings create the cold wind that keeps him trapped in the lake Cocytus frozen Cocytus.(which keeps him trapped).



* TearsOfRemorse

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* TearsOfRemorseTearsOfRemorse: Shedding these can mean the difference between Hell and Purgatory.



* ThickerThanWater: Those who betray their family are in the lowest circle of Hell, a frozen lake.

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* ThickerThanWater: Those who betray their family are put in Caina, in the lowest circle of Hell, a where they are frozen lake.in the lake up to their necks.



* UngratefulBastard: Those who betray their benefactors are in the lowest circle of hell, completely incased in the frozen lake and contorted horribly. The only ones beyond them are Satan, and Judas, Brutus, and Cassius, who Satan is chewing on.

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* UngratefulBastard: Those who betray their benefactors are in the lowest circle of hell, completely incased encased in the frozen lake and contorted horribly. The only ones beyond them are Satan, and Judas, Brutus, and Cassius, who Satan is chewing on.
8th Jan '17 9:18:52 PM karstovich2
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** Mohammed and Ali are seen in the Circle of Hell reserved for schismatics, cut in half, a reference to how they supposedly divided God's domain; most Western Christians of Dante's day didn't realize that Islam was ''not'' originally a Christian sect, but started as something different, and that the bulk of its original followers had not been Christians before conversion.[[note]]It is true that in the conquests after Muhammad, many Christians in North Africa and what used to be the Roman East did convert to Islam, but that happened centuries after the conquest as a result of careerism and tax evasion (Muslims were preferred for government positions and paid lower taxes in the various early Muslim empires) as well as simple cultural exchange.[[/note]]

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** Mohammed and Ali are seen in the Circle of Hell reserved for schismatics, cut in half, a reference to how they supposedly divided God's domain; most Western Christians of Dante's day didn't realize that Islam was ''not'' originally a Christian sect, but started as something different, and that the bulk of its original followers had not been Christians before conversion.[[note]]It is true that in the conquests after Muhammad, many Christians in North Africa and what used to be the Roman East did convert to Islam, but that happened centuries after the conquest as a result of careerism and tax evasion avoidance (Muslims were preferred for government positions and paid lower taxes in the various early Muslim empires) as well as simple cultural exchange.[[/note]]
8th Jan '17 9:16:49 PM karstovich2
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** Mohammed and Ali are seen in the Circle of Hell reserved for schismatics, cut in half, a reference to how they supposedly divided God's domain.

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** Mohammed and Ali are seen in the Circle of Hell reserved for schismatics, cut in half, a reference to how they supposedly divided God's domain.domain; most Western Christians of Dante's day didn't realize that Islam was ''not'' originally a Christian sect, but started as something different, and that the bulk of its original followers had not been Christians before conversion.[[note]]It is true that in the conquests after Muhammad, many Christians in North Africa and what used to be the Roman East did convert to Islam, but that happened centuries after the conquest as a result of careerism and tax evasion (Muslims were preferred for government positions and paid lower taxes in the various early Muslim empires) as well as simple cultural exchange.[[/note]]
31st Dec '16 12:33:36 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* MixAndMatchCritters: 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.
16th Nov '16 3:53:41 AM matteste
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Creator/GoNagai created a rather faithful manga adaptation of the first part of the story titled ''Dante Shinkyoku''.
2nd Nov '16 7:29:02 AM CJCroen1393
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* FeatheredFiend: The harpies from the Forest of Suicides, who torture the souls of those who committed violence against themselves by tearing off the tree branches that are now their limbs and using them as nest materials.


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* HarpingOnAboutHarpies: Harpies appear in the Forest of Suicides, wherein they tear off the branches of the tree people (which as already mentioned, has the same affect as dismemberment) and uses them to build nests in said tree people.
28th Aug '16 4:21:50 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* ThickerThanWater

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* ThickerThanWaterThickerThanWater: Those who betray their family are in the lowest circle of Hell, a frozen lake.


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* UngratefulBastard: Those who betray their benefactors are in the lowest circle of hell, completely incased in the frozen lake and contorted horribly. The only ones beyond them are Satan, and Judas, Brutus, and Cassius, who Satan is chewing on.
26th Aug '16 6:21:26 PM Lightblade
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* SinInvitesPossession: The inhabitants of Ptolomaea, who betrayed their guests, had their souls sent there immediately and their bodies possessed by demons.
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