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Ch 4: Circles of Hell in Dante's Inferno

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Take a trip through the nether regions with Dante and find out what happens to sinners in each circle of Hell as you work through these lessons. Use these lessons, quizzes and other tools to boost your grades, prepare for tests, or just learn for fun.

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This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the circles of Hell in Dante's Inferno for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:

  • Explanation of the sin that each circle punishes
  • Fate of sinners in each circle with descriptions
  • Punishments inflicted on the condemned in circles 1-9
  • Descriptions of conditions and punishments in each circle of Hell

10 Lessons in Chapter 4: Circles of Hell in Dante's Inferno
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Dante's Inferno: Circles of Hell & Punishments

1. Dante's Inferno: Circles of Hell & Punishments

'Inferno', an epic poem written by Dante Alighieri in the early 1300s, follows the journey of Dante, guided by the Spirit Virgil, through the nine circles of Hell and the subsequent punishments for each.

Dante's Inferno First Circle of Hell: Punishments & Description

2. Dante's Inferno First Circle of Hell: Punishments & Description

Compared to the rest of what Dante experiences in Hell, the First Circle isn't too bad. But, everything is relative. This lesson covers the punishment, inhabitants, and layout of the First Circle of Hell in Dante's Inferno.

Dante's Inferno Second Circle of Hell: Punishments & Description

3. Dante's Inferno Second Circle of Hell: Punishments & Description

Lust is considered one of the seven deadly sins, but have you ever wondered how Dante thought it ranked as a sin? We'll learn about the punishments for sinners in the Second Circle of Hell in Dante's Inferno.

Dante's Inferno Third Circle of Hell: Punishments & Description

4. Dante's Inferno Third Circle of Hell: Punishments & Description

As Dante descends further and further into the pit of Hell, he comes across more pitiful, tormented souls. This lesson will look at the punishment and description of the Third Circle of Hell in Dante's 'Inferno.'

Dante's Inferno Fourth Circle of Hell: Punishments & Description

5. Dante's Inferno Fourth Circle of Hell: Punishments & Description

The Fourth Circle of Hell in Dante's 'Inferno' is reserved for over-spenders and hoarders. We'll learn about the physical description of this level of Hell and the punishment that awaits sinners who are sent there.

Dante's Inferno Fifth Circle of Hell: Punishments & Description

6. Dante's Inferno Fifth Circle of Hell: Punishments & Description

Dante has seen a lot of suffering and torment on his descent through Hell. Now he approaches the Fifth Circle. This lesson will cover the description and punishment doled out in that circle from Cantos VII and VIII of Dante's Inferno.

Dante's Inferno Sixth Circle of Hell: Punishments & Description

7. Dante's Inferno Sixth Circle of Hell: Punishments & Description

In Dante's 'Inferno,' the Sixth Circle of Hell is reserved for heretics. We'll learn about the physical description of this level of Hell and the horrifying punishment that sinners there have to endure.

Dante's Inferno Seventh Circle of Hell: Punishments & Description

8. Dante's Inferno Seventh Circle of Hell: Punishments & Description

Dante's 'Inferno', an epic poem written by Dante Alighieri in 1300, chronicles the journey of Dante as he is guided through the Nine Circles of Hell by an ancient poet named Virgil. This lesson will focus on the Seventh Circle of Violence.

Dante's Inferno Eighth Circle of Hell: Punishments & Description

9. Dante's Inferno Eighth Circle of Hell: Punishments & Description

Dante's crossing of the Eighth Circle of Hell is one of the longest and most detailed in the entire 'Inferno.' With ten pits and even more sinners, it can be pretty daunting. This lesson will summarize the landscape and punishments of sinners.

Dante's Inferno Ninth Circle of Hell: Punishments & Description

10. Dante's Inferno Ninth Circle of Hell: Punishments & Description

This lesson explains how Dante's vision of Hell, specifically the Ninth and most treacherous Circle, is organized and how sinners are punished there in the epic 14th-century poem 'Inferno'.

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