The Inferno by Dante Essay on Women
This essay is on The Inferno by Dante (Author), Robert Hollander (Translator), Jean Hollander (Translator), and is the ONLY citation needed. YOU MUST HAVE BOOK QUOTES AND UNDERSTAND THE PLOT AND CHARACTERS. Keep in mind the importance of a strong, argumentative thesis. The thesis must do more than state a fact. It must make an arguable assertion about the text. A second key to completing this assignment is staying grounded in the text—analyze the text closely and let it support your argument. Remember: the plot summary is NOT analysis! You may consider your audience (your reader) to have read Dante’s Inferno, so there is no need to recapitulate the poem’s plot or circumstances. No outside criticism is to be used, so there should be no need to cite any sources beyond the poem itself. Time New Roman, Size 12, Double Spaced, 1750 words Topic (MUST ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS): Dante’s Inferno contains both men and women, though many more men than women. Where do the women end up? What kinds of sins do women commit, according to Dante’s scheme? Which circle of Hell contains the most women? Is there any circle of Hell that holds women predominantly? Do we hear any women speak, and how does Dante react to them? Throughout The Inferno, we are introduced to several characters within the circles of hell, the majority being male. The very few females we meet have committed the sins of lust, which gives us an understanding of how Dante portrayed women during this time period. -Focus on the topic of how females were portrayed in The Inferno -Talking about how women are seen as lustful, there are more women in the circle of lust. There was also a woman who has committed suicide. – I am focusing on the character of Francesa – she talks the most. And Beatrice! – How Dante views women. -The perspective of a female – many of Dante’s views are outdated. -It is certainly true that most women are in the circle for the sin of lust, but it might help consider the other women scattered throughout Hell. Even though they are being punished for different sins, lust is part of what they did. For example, consider Myrrha or Potiphar’s wife. It might help you make a clearer statement.