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Lu 1 Rena Lu L. Douglas AP Lit 8/9/10 Parallels Among Summer Reading Novels At first glance Heart of Darkness , The House of the Dead , and Crime and Punishment are very different books. They are set in different places and times, and they address different topics. However, they were all heavily influenced by Dante's Divine Comedy. Each of the three books shares the most obvious parallel: the images of hell. All four books have their own figurative or literal areas of torment that the protagonist must navigate. Yet the concept of Hell is not the only parallel to be found among the four novels. Each book expresses the same sentiments about morals and definitions of evil. In many ways, a common concept among the four books is one of Hell as depicted most clearly in Dante's Inferno. Whether it is the figurative hell of Crime and Punishment or The House of the Dead or the literal hell of Inferno or Heart of Darkness , the imagery of the cramped and screaming damned abounds in all four books. "Here sighs and cries and shrieks of lamentation/ echoed throughout the starless air of Hell/. .. tongues confused, a language strained in anguish/ with cadences of anger, shrill outcries/ and raucous groans…" (Alighieri, Canto 3 22). While Raskolnikov expresses intense dread of the loud and crowded congregations in Hay
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This note was uploaded on 01/21/2011 for the course USH 201 taught by Professor Jones during the Spring '10 term at Southwest Tennessee Community College .

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