Further Instructions for Topic 2:
The purpose of this essay is to develop an original, close, and in-depth analysis of the text.
Therefore, start by rereading Canto 1 very carefully. In developing your essay, address ONLY Canto 1 of Dante’s “Inferno.” Develop a clear thesis (argument) about the way you interpret the theme and the use of symbol and/or allegory in that Canto and use that argument to shape your essay as a whole.
For instance, Is Dante saying something more profound or spiritual on a symbolic level than he appears to be saying on a literal level? What symbols does he use to create that deeper meaning?
Be specific and develop your discussion by providing examples and quoting selectively and explaining how that evidence supports your ideas.
Read the rest of this document carefully for full instructions.
NB: If you are using the online versions because you do not yet have the book, please see the relevant links in Week 5. Remember, you are only discussing Canto 1 if you choose this topic. General Requirements for Either Essay:
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