This unit is designed to explore three aspects of Dante's Inferno. We will look at the cautionary and didactic aspects of this work as an allegory; we will look at the way in which it functions as an epic poem elucidating the way it reflects national identify and nostalgia for a Golden Age; and we will look at the universality of the work through its identification with the archetypal Hero's Journey.
Brown, Sherry, "Dante's Inferno: Allegory, Hero's Journey, or Epic Poem? Yes! (12th grade)" (2016). Understanding by Design: Complete Collection. Paper 345.
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protocol for categorizing types of sins
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sequence of lessons
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schematic of the hero's journey
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blank schematic of the hero's journey
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