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Ch 5: Dante's Inferno Canto Summaries

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The lessons in this chapter can help you expand your understanding of the cantos in Dante's ''Inferno''. You can use these lessons to prepare for a literature exam, get better grades in class, or just study for pleasure.

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

  • Description of Dante's entry into Hell in Cantos 1 through 3
  • Continuation of Dante's journey through the circles of Hell in Cantos 4 through 33
  • Summary and analysis of the conclusion as Dante emerges from Hell in Canto 34

34 Lessons in Chapter 5: Dante's Inferno Canto Summaries
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Dante's Inferno Canto 1: Summary & Quotes

1. Dante's Inferno Canto 1: Summary & Quotes

Canto 1 serves as the introduction to Dante's 'Inferno' as well as the entire 'Divine Comedy'. This lesson summarizes Canto 1 and looks at key quotes.

Dante's Inferno Canto 2: Summary & Quotes

2. Dante's Inferno Canto 2: Summary & Quotes

Canto 2 of Dante's ''Inferno'' includes Dante having second thoughts, and Virgil telling him the story of how their journey into the underworld was conceived. This lesson summarizes Canto 2 and looks at key quotes.

Dante's Inferno Canto 3: Summary & Quotes

3. Dante's Inferno Canto 3: Summary & Quotes

Every journey starts somewhere. For Dante, his journey is just beginning when he and Virgil have to enter the gate to hell in Dante's 'The Inferno.' Learn more in this lesson's summary with important quotes from Canto 3.

Dante's Inferno Canto 4: Summary & Quotes

4. Dante's Inferno Canto 4: Summary & Quotes

Canto IV of Dante's ''Inferno'' describes the first circle of Hell. It is a place of confinement for unbaptized souls and the souls of virtuous individuals who lived before the time of Christ. Let's review this canto and some insightful quotes.

Dante's Inferno Canto 5: Summary & Quotes

5. Dante's Inferno Canto 5: Summary & Quotes

In this lesson, you will be introduced to the second circle of Hell as Dante continues his journey through the underworld in the 'Inferno'. You will then be presented with some analysis of what the poet encounters in the second circle of Hell.

Dante's Inferno Canto 6: Summary & Quotes

6. Dante's Inferno Canto 6: Summary & Quotes

In Canto 6 of Dante's 'Inferno,' Dante and Virgil find themselves in the third circle of hell, where sinners are punished for gluttony. This lesson summarizes Canto 6 and looks at key quotes.

Dante's Inferno Canto 7: Summary & Quotes

7. Dante's Inferno Canto 7: Summary & Quotes

This lesson begins with a short contextual overview of Dante's 'Inferno'. It proceeds with a summary of Canto 7 and then finishes with an analysis of some of the canto's important themes.

Dante's Inferno Canto 8: Summary & Quotes

8. Dante's Inferno Canto 8: Summary & Quotes

As Dante and Virgil continue on their journey, they reach the point where they must cross the river Styx to enter lower Hell. Find out how they get across the river, and what awaits them there in this summary of Canto 8 in Dante's ''Inferno''.

Dante's Inferno Canto 9: Summary & Quotes

9. Dante's Inferno Canto 9: Summary & Quotes

In Canto 9 of Dante's 'Inferno', Virgil and Dante face threats from the Furies and Medusa before finally entering the sixth circle of Hell in the city of Dis. This lesson summarizes Canto 9 and looks at key quotes.

Dante's Inferno Canto 10: Summary & Quotes

10. Dante's Inferno Canto 10: Summary & Quotes

In Canto 10 of Dante's ''Inferno,'' Virgil and Dante explore the sixth circle of hell and have conversations with two of the inhabitants. This lesson summarizes Canto 10 and looks at key quotes.

Dante's Inferno Canto 11: Summary & Quotes

11. Dante's Inferno Canto 11: Summary & Quotes

Dante and Virgil are getting ready to face the last three circles of hell. First, Virgil shares information about what's coming up. Find out what's on the horizon and some significant quotes in this summary of Canto 11 from Dante's ''Inferno.''

Dante's Inferno Canto 12: Summary & Quotes

12. Dante's Inferno Canto 12: Summary & Quotes

In Chapter 12, Virgil and Dante enter the Seventh Circle. In this lesson, we will explain what they saw in this circle, who is held here, and how they got through the treacherous land.

Dante's Inferno Canto 13: Summary & Quotes

13. Dante's Inferno Canto 13: Summary & Quotes

Dante's story 'The Inferno' takes Dante through the levels of Hell. In canto 13 Dante and Virgil find those who acted in violence against themselves, and we will learn what the punishment is.

Dante's Inferno Canto 14: Summary & Quotes

14. Dante's Inferno Canto 14: Summary & Quotes

In this lesson we will summarize Canto 14 of Dante's 'Inferno', when Dante and Virgil are in the third ring of the seventh circle of hell, the place for Blasphemers.

Dante's Inferno Canto 15: Summary & Quotes

15. Dante's Inferno Canto 15: Summary & Quotes

In Canto XV of Dante's ''Inferno,'' Dante is surprised to find an old friend in the seventh circle of Hell. Let's take a closer look at their reunion, and the significant quotes surrounding it.

Dante's Inferno Canto 16: Summary & Quotes

16. Dante's Inferno Canto 16: Summary & Quotes

Dante and Virgil are about to reach the waterfall at the end of the seventh circle, but they meet a few more souls before getting there. In this summary, we will learn more about this phase of their journey.

Dante's Inferno Canto 17: Summary & Quotes

17. Dante's Inferno Canto 17: Summary & Quotes

Dante and the Catholic Church of the Middle Ages viewed usury as a violation of the laws of an honest economy. We'll summarize Canto Seventeen, which deals with this sin, and look at some quotes that describe its plot.

Dante's Inferno Canto 18: Summary & Quotes

18. Dante's Inferno Canto 18: Summary & Quotes

Canto 18 of Dante's 'Inferno' looks at the eighth circle of hell and some of its inhabitants. In this lesson we will summarize Canto 18 and analyze the section's key quotes.

Dante's Inferno Canto 19: Summary & Quotes

19. Dante's Inferno Canto 19: Summary & Quotes

Canto XIX in Dante's ''Inferno'' describes the third ditch in the eighth circle of Hell, which is dedicated to those who committed the sin of simony. Let's learn more about simony, and explore the conversation Dante has with one of the inhabitants of this realm, Pope Nicholas III.

Dante's Inferno Canto 20: Summary & Quotes

20. Dante's Inferno Canto 20: Summary & Quotes

Dante and Virgil have reached the fourth section in the eighth circle of hell. Here they find those being punished for trying to see into the future. Learn more and review some important quotes in this summary of Canto 20 in Dante's 'Inferno'.

Dante's Inferno Canto 21: Summary & Quotes

21. Dante's Inferno Canto 21: Summary & Quotes

Virgil and Dante hit a slight bump in the road traveling through the fifth bolgia of the eighth circle of hell. Learn more about this bolgia, and the travelers' change in plans, in this summary of Canto 21 in 'Inferno,' featuring important quotes.

Dante's Inferno Canto 22: Summary & Quotes

22. Dante's Inferno Canto 22: Summary & Quotes

In this lesson, we will summarize Canto 22 from Dante Alighieri's epic poem ''Inferno,'' which is an allegory that describes a journey through Hell. The story takes place and was published in the early 1300s.

Dante's Inferno Canto 23: Summary & Quotes

23. Dante's Inferno Canto 23: Summary & Quotes

Canto 23 of Dante's ''Inferno'' reads like the script for a horror movie. There are demons, people being tortured and narrow escapes. Check out the lesson below to get the details.

Dante's Inferno Canto 24: Summary & Quotes

24. Dante's Inferno Canto 24: Summary & Quotes

Canto 24 of Dante's 'Inferno' deals with rough terrain in the eighth circle of hell and sins of fraud in Pouch 7 of the Malebolge. We'll summarize this canto and look at some quotes that describe its plot.

Dante's Inferno Canto 25: Summary & Quotes

25. Dante's Inferno Canto 25: Summary & Quotes

Canto 25 of Dante's 'Inferno' picks up where Canto 24 left off, describing Dante's adventures in Pouch 7 of the Eighth Circle of Hell. We'll summarize this canto and look at some quotes that describe its plot.

Dante's Inferno Canto 26: Summary & Quotes

26. Dante's Inferno Canto 26: Summary & Quotes

Dante's 'Inferno' is a long, narrative poem addressing the separate levels of Hell and detailing the punishments accorded to each sin. This lesson will summarize Canto 26, which focuses on the eighth pouch in the eighth circle.

Dante's Inferno Canto 27: Summary & Quotes

27. Dante's Inferno Canto 27: Summary & Quotes

After overhearing Virgil and Dante speaking with Ulysses, another soul in the eighth bolgia of the eighth circle of hell approaches them to chat. Find out what they talk about in this summary with quotes from Canto 27 in Dante's ''Inferno.''

Dante's Inferno Canto 28: Summary & Quotes

28. Dante's Inferno Canto 28: Summary & Quotes

Moving on through the eight circle of hell, Dante and Virgil come to the ninth bolgia, where Dante is astounded by the gory punishments. Find out more about how 'sowers of scandal' are punished in this summary with quotes from Canto 28 of Dante's ''Inferno.''

Dante's Inferno Canto 29: Summary & Quotes

29. Dante's Inferno Canto 29: Summary & Quotes

Canto 29 of Dante's 'Inferno' takes place in Pouch 10 of the Malebolge, which is reserved for falsifiers. We'll summarize this canto and look at some quotes that make its plot memorable.

Dante's Inferno Canto 30: Summary & Quotes

30. Dante's Inferno Canto 30: Summary & Quotes

Dante's Inferno, the epic poem of his journey through the Nine Circles of Hell, is divided into several sections called cantos, which are typically present in lengthy poetry. This lesson will focus on the content of Canto 30.

Dante's Inferno Canto 31: Summary & Quotes

31. Dante's Inferno Canto 31: Summary & Quotes

Dante and Virgil have traveled through eight Circles of Hell. Now, they stand at the mouth of the Ninth and final circle. This lesson will cover Canto 31, the descent into the Ninth Circle of Dante's Inferno.

Dante's Inferno Canto 32: Summary & Quotes

32. Dante's Inferno Canto 32: Summary & Quotes

Canto 32 of Dante's 'Inferno' describes two parts of the Ninth Circle of Hell -- the last and deepest circle -- which contains those who commit sins of betrayal. We'll summarize this canto and look at some quotes that make its plot memorable.

Dante's Inferno Canto 33: Summary & Quotes

33. Dante's Inferno Canto 33: Summary & Quotes

Two souls in two different sections of the ninth circle of hell share their tales in Canto 33 of Dante's 'Inferno.' Who are these two souls? Find out more in this lesson, which includes a summary and key quotes.

Dante's Inferno Canto 34: Summary & Quotes

34. Dante's Inferno Canto 34: Summary & Quotes

Dante's narrative poem ''Inferno'' takes the reader through the nine circles of Hell. In Canto 34, the author takes us through the last ring of the last circle of Hell before exiting the accursed place.

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