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Unformatted text preview: , kowthe in sondry londes ; Discussion Questions 1) How does Dante set up his extended allegory in the opening of Canto I? 2) What does the sign at the gate of Hell mean? 3) Who does Dante place outside of Hell, and how are they tormented? Why? 4) Who is Charon? What is his presence in the poem representative of? 5) Why is Dante so angry at the souls he encounters in Canto XIX? 6) What is the meaning of the punishment of the souls in Canto XIX? 7) Why would Canto XIX be considered controversial? Final Thoughts Why is this particular poem such a pivotal piece of Western literature?...
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