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Unformatted text preview: Inferno 14-16 The burning sands Horrible art of justice The theme of civil war (Thebes) The theme of decay and corruption (Topography, Old Man of Crete) Brunetto Latini, teacher & writer, sodomite Guelphs -- all sodomites? 1 Canto 14:Blasphemers The relation of punishment to sin A horrible art of justice (14.6) To make manifest (14.7) Visible similes -- Capaneus (14.51) The sin is the punishment (14.65-66) Past/present disdain (14.69-70) 2 Violence: From dense forest to desert Deforestation, love of birthplace (14.3) La dolorosa selva l ghirlanda the grieving wood is a garland around it (14.8-12) Che fu da pi di Caton gi soppressa trodden by the feet of Cato (14.13-15) Who was Cato? 3 The theme of civil war Roman civil wars Cato in Libya, crossing the Saharan desert (Lucan, Pharsalia) 4 Theme of civil war Thebes Capaneus, one of the seven against Thebes (Statius, Thebaid) 5 Violence: 3 types 1. Against neighbor 2. Against self 3. Against God A Dio, a s, al prossimo si pne/ far forza ( Inferno 11.31-32) 6 The fiery plain (Sodom & Gomorrah): 3) Violence against God Blasphemers . God Sodomites . Nature Usurers . Art Puossi far forza ne la detade col cor negando e bestemmiando quella, e spregiando natura e sua bontade; e per lo minor giron suggella del segno suo e e Soddoma e Caorsa E chi, spregiando Dio col cor, favella ( Inferno 11.46-51) 7 The fiery plain (Sodom & Gomorrah): 3) Violence against God Blasphemers (supine) . God Sodomites (running . Nature Usurers (seated) . Art Supin giacea in terra alcuna gente, Alcuna si sedea tutta raccolta, E altra andava continamente ( Inferno 14.22-24) 8 The fiery plain (Sodom & Gomorrah): 3) Violence against God Blasphemy: speech act against God chi, spregiando Dio col cor, favella (11.51) Sodomy: sin against Nature Usury: sin against Art, grandchild of God. Come natura lo suo corso prende dal divino ntelletto e da sua arte che larte vostra quella, quanto pote, segue, come l maestro fa l discente; s che vostrarte a Dio quasi nepote ( Inferno 11.99-105) 9 The theme of decay and corruption Old Man of Crete Inferno 14.94-114 The hydraulic system of Hell 10 Old Man of Crete Inferno 14.94-114 Dream of Nebuchadnezzar Behold there was as it were a great statue... Head of fine gold..arms of silver...belly and thighs of brass...legs of iron...feet part iron and part clay (Daniel 2:31-35; Durling, p. 555) 11 Old Man of Crete Inferno 14.94-114Inferno 14....
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