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Historical Allusions in Dante?s Inferno: Their Implications in Teaching History and Literature

Dr. Tessie Dela Cruz Mangada

Abstract: This research focused on the historical allusions in Dante?s Inferno. Specifically, it aimed to find out the historical allusions in the first book of the Divine Comedy, its images, and it symbols, identify how these historical allusions are used in Dante?s Inferno; describe the categories of these historical allusions; analyze or interpret the historical allusions; and relate their implications in literature and history. It covered only the first canticle of the poem which is the Inferno. Excluded in the study were the last two books of the Divine Comedy- the Purgatorio and the Paradiso. This study was a qualitative research, particularly descriptive-analytical using textual analysis focusing on the historical allusions found in Dante?s Inferno. Being a qualitative one, it did not employ statistical treatment of data but an in-depth and careful analytical description of the historical allusions in Dante?s Inferno. The study was anchored on New Historicism which treats literature not as a reflection or product of a social reality but as one of several, sometimes antagonistic practices. Through this story, Dante is preaching the perfection of God?s justice. He shows that Hell exists to punish sin and the sinners suffer punishment to a degree befitting the gravity of their sin, as to correspond allegorically to that sin?s nature.

Keywords: Historical, allegory, allusions, implications, allegorical images, symbols, historical allusions, textual analysis, seven deadly sins

Country: Philippines, Subject Area: English Literature

Pages: 997 - 1003

Edition: Volume 8 Issue 3, March 2019

How to Cite this Article?

Dr. Tessie Dela Cruz Mangada, "Historical Allusions in Dante?s Inferno: Their Implications in Teaching History and Literature", International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR),, Volume 8 Issue 3, March 2019, 997 - 1003

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