Augustine, Beowulf, the Song of Roland, and Dante's Divine Comedy.

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Finally, this association of Medusa with castrating woman is very evident in a passagein (1952) by Queneau: 'Severed head, evil woman/ Medusa with herlolling tongue/So it was you who would have castrated me?' However, the myth reveals --and this seems to be obscured by the Freudian interpretation -- that woman's 'castration'is a result of the violence imposed on her by the original hero. Woman only appears in thestory divided by separative decapitation, casting off the feminine in the remote depths ofthe world. Cast down, the feminine remains unrecognized within its innermost recess and itis this 'abject' void which maintains the theatre of the world and the logic of thetalisman. In this theatre, woman occupies the two opposite extremes of evil (castration,sorcery) and their cure (the phallus, the Virgin), i.e. of the abyss and the Ideal. Thatis why, despite her terrifying power, she is fascinating. 'Fascinum' means 'charm' and'evil spell', but also 'virile member'. Between the 'emptiness' and the Idol representedby the division of woman, yawns the gulf of male Desire. This persistent ambiguity can befound in the classification of the creature called the medusa. It owes its name to itsresemblance to Medusa's head (Apollinaire, 1920), but is included in theAcephelan category. Medusa keeps her secret behind the ambiguous mask. Although she is'representable', she is never 'presentable' and even Perseus only sees her reflected inhis shield. She is the hidden presence, absent from the world, which enables the scene tobe played out. In his 'heroic comedy' (1986), Ristat showsPerseus searching for the Gorgons and meeting Hermes, the 'Guardian of Resemblances', whoproves to the terrified hero that 'Medusa herself is only a shadow'.

Divine Comedy Thesis Statement - …

This is what Dante does for us in the Divine Comedy and especially in its third part, the Paradiso.

Just as man and woman come together as one flesh, so too does Christ and the Church come together in such a way that the Church can actually be called the “Body of Christ.” So also does the individual believer become joined to his Lord.

The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri Essays - 983 …

People I saw within up to the eyebrows..."
9th Circle - Ugolino and Ruggieri
Ruggieri locks Ugolino and sons in Hunger Tower in Pisa
Ugolino forced to eat Ruggieri's brains

"...If my words be seed that may bear fruit of infamy to the traitor whom I gnaw, speaking and weeping shalt thou see together."
Imagery used to:

show the depth of hardship the two travel through
the worse it gets, the closer they get to redemption
Thesis Statement 2
Inferno from The Divine Comedy
, Dante Alighieri uses
dark symbolism
mystifying allusions
, and
disturbing imagery
to show his poetic justice by employing his discernment of punishment, proving that "Justice incited my sublime Creator."
Suicide Trees in 7th Circle
Hell has no mercy

Dante shows he's not merciful

Feels no remorse when pulling off a piece of the tree
Gluttonous in 3rd Circle
No room for the gluttonous in Heaven

Dante's discernment of the lazy

Dante makes the lazy wallow like pigs in the mud
Wrathful/Sullen in 5th Circle
Dante's belief: sullen drown in Hell and wrathful fight

Dante had no mercy for the sullen and mad
Pope Celestine V
Dante believed this Pope to be a coward

Allusion to Dante's present time

"I saw and recognized the shade of him who by his cowardice made the great refusal."
Francesca de Rimini
Francesca placed in Circle 2 with her lover, Paolo

Francesca married to Giovanni Malatesta, had affair for 10 years

Allusion to 13th Century
Jacopo da Sant' Andrea
Allusion to 1239

Jacopo killed himself - Ezzelino da Ramono III

All allusions to justify Dante's poetic justice
Showing his power over others through writing poetry
"Wedged in the slime, they say: ‘We had been sullen in the sweet air that’s gladdened by the sun;
we bore the mist of sluggishness in us."
Shows Dante's 'You get what you give' attitude
Shows his justice in punishment from not enjoying life; sit forever in sluggishness
"So did the never-ending heat descend; with this, the sand was kindled just as tinder on meeting flint will flame – doubling the pain."
Raining fire, blasphemy worst kind of violence, so they receive worst kind of violence
Shows poetic justice of those violent towards God
Unable to do what you say you can
"They had their faces twisted towards their haunches and found it necessary to walk backward, because they could not see ahead of them."
Instead of seeing into the future like they claim, see backwards
Justification of crime against people

"Divine Comedy Paradise Purgatory Hell" Thesis …

"Who defined philosophy as a tree?" (That would be a comparison, not a definition.) Philosophy is now only a branch of Learning, not the entire tree. And that a tree must have branches is demanded by this metaphor (simile), but it does not demand that the tree's branches also have branches. Philosophy is a branch of Learning, but the metaphor neither demands nor prohibits Philosophy itself from being divided into branches.