History Literature / TheDivineComedy

23rd Jun '17 6:49:30 PM DustSnitch
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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 the lake Cocytus frozen, sustaining the ice trapping him in Hell and creating the very cold that tortures him.

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* SelfInflictedHell: SelfInflictedHell:
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The damned are implied to have chosen their own fate, as they clamber madly to cross the river Acheron. Also, Acheron.
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Lucifer's massive wings create the cold wind that keeps the lake Cocytus frozen, sustaining the ice trapping him in Hell and creating the very cold that tortures him.
21st Jun '17 10:03:48 PM DustSnitch
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* CrapsackWorld: One could draw from the ''Comedy'' that Dante sees the world as this.
21st Jun '17 8:46:17 PM DustSnitch
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* ManOnFire: The fate of evil consuellors in the eighth circle of Hell. Dante sees, among others, [[Literature/TheOdyssey Ulysses]] suffering this punishment.

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* ManOnFire: The fate of evil consuellors counsellors in the eighth circle of Hell. Dante sees, among others, [[Literature/TheOdyssey Ulysses]] suffering this punishment.



* NoFourthWall: Dante addresses the reader repeatedly.
** MediumAwareness: Dante, at least

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* %%* NoFourthWall: Dante addresses the reader repeatedly.
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%%* TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: Beatrice and her companions in Heaven, watching over Dante.



** In Italy, many quotes from Hell have actually become proverbial. It's also worth nothing that about 15% of the most-used words in the modern Italian language were first used in literature by Dante in the Comedy.
*** This is because the Comedy is one of the first works to be written in Italian, rather than Latin.

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** In Italy, many quotes from Hell have actually become proverbial. It's also worth nothing that about 15% of the most-used words in the modern Italian language were first used in literature by Dante in the Comedy.
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Comedy. This is because the Comedy is one of the first works to be written in Italian, rather than Latin.



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Dante gives one to greedy Pope Nicholas III.

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Canto XIX of ''Inferno'' details the circle of Hell for [[SinisterMinister corrupt priests]], and since the sin of simony disgusts Dante gives one especially, he has his AuthorAvatar preach to greedy a damned Pope Nicholas III.by asking how much treasure Jesus required Saint Peter to give before he could be given the Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven. Since the answer is "no treasure," Dante happily requests stay in the fires of Hell to make sure his ill-gotten money is well-protected, as befitting one who is the ideal evangelist of [[{{Satan}} the seven-headed dragon]] and worships hundreds of gods of silver and treasure. Whether out of anger and despair, the speech caused the damned Pope to struggle more violently from within his pit, but Dante claims that he would condemn his greed even further if not for Dante's respect for the office the damned held in life. The speech is largely the point of the Canto and encapsulates Dante's thoughts on simony by putting it in the context of Literature/TheFourGospels, the Literature/BookOfRevelation, Italian politics, and his respect for the Papacy.
23rd May '17 2:32:24 PM MrKosta
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* ManOnFire: The fate of evil consuellors in the eighth circle of Hell. Dante sees, among others, [[Literature/TheIliad Ulysses]] suffering this punishment.

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* ManOnFire: The fate of evil consuellors in the eighth circle of Hell. Dante sees, among others, [[Literature/TheIliad [[Literature/TheOdyssey Ulysses]] suffering this punishment.
23rd May '17 2:30:34 PM MrKosta
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* ManOnFire: The fate of evil consuellors in the eighth circle of Hell. Dante sees, among others, [[Literature/TheIliad Ulysses]] suffering this punishment.
23rd May '17 2:15:47 PM MrKosta
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* BloodyHorror: Invoked with the river Phlegethon in Hell, which is a river of boiling blood.
23rd May '17 2:01:22 PM MrKosta
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* TakeOurWordForIt: At the end of ''Paradiso'', Dante prefaces his description of God by comparing his memory to the passion one feels after a dream they can't quite remember and admits he is so inadequate at describing the glory of "the Eternal Light" into words that he might as well have the tongue of an infant. Still,

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* TakeOurWordForIt: At the end of ''Paradiso'', Dante prefaces his description of God by comparing his memory to the passion one feels after a dream they can't quite remember and admits he is so inadequate at describing the glory of "the Eternal Light" into words that he might as well have the tongue of an infant. Still,
23rd May '17 1:39:13 PM MrKosta
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* TheStoic: Dante sees the Greek hero Jason being punished in the eighth circle of Hell. Unlike all other souls, Jason is described as enduring his punishment without any sign of pain.
23rd May '17 1:32:20 PM MrKosta
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* SympathyForTheDevil: Although Dante has nothing but contempt for Satan and his minions, he often shows feelings of empathy, pity, and even respect for several sinners he meets in Hell. Virgil sometimes tells Dante off for this. After all, if an omniscient and all-loving God, why should anyone go against divine will and feel sorry for them?

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* SympathyForTheDevil: Although Dante has nothing but contempt for Satan and his minions, he often shows feelings of empathy, pity, and even respect for several sinners he meets in Hell. Virgil sometimes tells Dante off for this. After all, if an omniscient and all-loving God, God has decided they're unworthy of pity, why should anyone go against divine will and feel sorry for them?
21st May '17 12:04:42 PM Silverblade2
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