Review Literary Works

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Review of Literary Works
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September 24, 2011

Introduction

In canto 9, we see a deeper meaning. In this canto, willand intellect are two components of the human soul that are buried in the imagery of the text. Both Dante and Virgil have in common that like the heretics, they have tried to fathom the world via the intellect. This is an imperfect approach. Life can not be understood this way and this approach needs to be cleansed from Dante's soul. He must realize that mere human wisdom can not fathom the totality of God and life.

Summary

We see Dante growing pale with fear at his realization of Virgil’s failure to extricate them. In vain, Virgil tries to reassure Dante. Virgil appears to be waiting for someone impatiently. Then, Dante notices three Furies (animals that are half woman, half serpent) coming toward them. They laugh and scream once they see Dante. In addition, they call out for Medusa to come and turn Dante into stone. Virgil swiftly then covers Dante’s eyes so that he will not be able to see Medusa’s head. In this section we see, furies, that is Queen Medusa’s handmaids, including Alecto, Magaera and Tisiphone. In this canto, The Heavenly Messenger: serves as the elper to Virgil and Dante. He may possibly be St. Paul. In this section, the heretics are buried in open graves because they had trusted reason rather than faith and the church. Medusa here is an evil, serpent-haired goddess who can turn people to stone (Dante, and Musa, 1996, 122).

Then, a huge noise comes from behind Dante and Virgil that scatters the Furies. Then, Virgil and Dante turn around to see a messenger from Heaven coming across the river Styx. The messenger is coming with souls and demons that fleeing before him like flies or other insects. He then arrives at the gate and demands that it be opened immediately for the travelers,…...

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