Of a new punishment needs must I make verses, and give matetial to the twentieth canto of the first lay, which is of the submerged.
Canto 21 Themes and Colors Key LitCharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in Inferno, which you can use to track the themes throughout the work. Sin, Justice, Pity and Piety Paganism vs. Christianity This World vs. At this sight of such bodily disfigurement Dante describes the sinners' tears welling up and streaming down their backsDante begins to weep.
Virgil chides him for this, and tells him he can choose between pity and piety. This gives Virgil the chance to re-emphasize how all of the suffering in hell is part of God's divine justice. To weep at what God has rightly ordered against the wicked is itself wicked, as he teaches Dante.
Active Themes Virgil tells Dante to look at one of the backwards-facing souls, Amphiaraus a seer of Greek mythology.
Virgil explains that because Amphiaraus tried to see too far ahead, he now can only see behind him. He then points out Tiresias, another famous mythological seer, as well as Manto, a female seer who settled in Mantua, in northern Italy Virgil's birthplace.
After she died, people gathered and built a city around her burial place, naming the city Mantua after her. Virgil points out to Dante three famous seers of classical myth.
As an illustration of God's divine justice, their punishment fits their sin. For trying to see too far ahead, they can now only see behind them.
Their punishment thus matches and completes their sin.
Active Themes Related Quotes with Explanations Virgil insists that this is the true story of the origins of Mantua, and that other versions of its foundation are false. Dante assures Virgil that he believes him entirely. Virgil points out more seers and witches in this part of hell, before telling Dante that it is time to move on, because the moon is beginning to set.
Virgil insists upon the truth of his speech and Dante readily believes his trustworthy guide.Dantes Inferno Canto XX By: Ben Gurarie This is the first time since the beginning that Dante start to feel pity for the sinners and because of that Virgil gets angry at Dante and points out many of the sinners.
Dante takes a step backward in his learning process in this canto. For the first time in Malebolge, Dante feels pity for the sinners in this circle, and Virgil chastises him for his behavior. Perhaps Dante wasn't ready to see the true nature of sin in those earlier cantos. A summary of Cantos XVIII–XX in Dante Alighieri's Inferno.
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Summary. The poets descend further and come to a group of broken boulders, behind which they rest a bit so that they can become accustomed to the foul stink that rises from the lower circles. Canto XX Inferno: Canto XX Of a new pain behoves me to make verses And give material to the twentieth canto Of the first song, which is of the submerged.
THE INFERNO The Fortune Tellers and Diviners. In this Canto we watch as Dante enters The eighth circle of hell, Bolgia four. Here we see the sinners,The Fortune Tellers and Diviners.
CANTO XX, Dante's INFERNO Classification of Sin: The Fortune Tellers and Diviners have committed the sin of telling.