AReview on Dante’s Inferno, Canto XXVI

AReview on Dante’s Inferno, Canto XXVI

DanteAlighieri being one of the most prominent writers of his time hassuccessfully presented his fictive, Inferno as a symbolic explorationthrough the evil ways of humankind as well as their salvation. Moreover, a systematic analysis depicts that his work is an orderlydescription of the chronicles of humanity as they try to acquireredemption. However, the play is ironically referred to as a comedywhere the events of the fictive deviate from a sad beginning to aprosperous conclusion (Mandelbaum etal.,2008).

Thatsaid, in Canto XXVI, the writer praises Florence in an ironic mannerdue to the spreading of its fame on earth and hell. He uses theFlorentines as a symbolic representation of the men in power from hiscity who had exiled him from his homeland. Into the bargain, theauthor has used the flame that had covered Ulysses and Diomedes as anincorporation of the epics of homer’s Iliad and Odyssey. The use ofthe two heroes shows that God has a righteous sequence over theethics of the ancient Greek, therefore, making this canto dependenton moral facts.

Thisscene is interesting because it uses biblical imagery to express thestrangeness of some sites. For instance, the menacing hike to somerocks where Dante could see twinkling fires, he linked up the blazingflames to fireflies and finally with the chariot of fire thatascended Elijah to heaven (Mandelbaum etal.,2008). However, the fellow later comes to learn that each of theblazing flames represented a persecuted soul. Furthermore, the authoruses the characters he came across in this Canto to elevate himselfto greater levels in his career. To sum up, the use of Ulysses andDiomedes has helped the writer to achieve the title of a noteworthypoet.

Toboot, Dante in his work shows a negative attitude towards Ulysses,the great hero. The author compares the character with a pagan anduses him in his Christian poem where he deviates from being a personwith heroic dreams into a sinner. Moreover, his greed fortranscending beyond the limits of humanity adventure turned him intoa sinner despite the great hero Ulysses was. His journey in pursuitof an adventure to explore the globe beyond the sun is evident fromthe play where he inspired his crew to set sail in the Mediterranean(Mandelbaum etal.,2008).

Inhis work, the narrator explains that the consequences of sin areeternal punishment in hell. Human beings have been given the freewill to choose sides righteousness or the evil ways of the world andwhichever choice they make comes with an impact. God rewards therighteous and as well subjects sinners to eternal suffering.Therefore, we can conclude that Ulysses` punishment is because of hisevil deeds and the greed to go beyond what the scriptures forbid tohumanity.

Supernumerary,Dante succeeds in his expedition as he manages to travel beyond theboundaries of the globe while still alive, unlike Ulysses, whoperishes in the course of his selfish voyage. Therefore, the narratorhad a breakthrough where the great hero could not. Ulysses and hismen drowned in the sea after an intense whirlwind capsized their ship(Mandelbaum etal., 2008).Consequently, we can conclude that the writer becomes the greaterhero as compared to the paramount Ulysses, who had sailed to variousdestinations such as Troy, Spain and the Pillars of Hercules buteventually perishes without having accomplished his mission toexplore the world.



Mandelbaum,A., Oldcorn, A., &amp Ross, C. (2008). LecturaDantis. Berkeley:University of California Press.