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Vol. 9 No. i (2021): Spring 2021

Dante's Inferno: The Mirroring Between Farinata and Capaneus

November 21, 2023


Within Inferno, Dante Alighieri’s depiction of Farinata, the 13th century Florentine leader of the Ghibellines, and his depiction of Capaneus, one of the seven warriors against Thebes, contain a significant number of parallels. By analyzing cantos X and XIV through “vertical reading” and examining Farinata and Capaneus’ similar themes and commonalities, I will argue that Dante writes Capaneus and Farinata to be entwined mirrors of each other in order to establish how life before death affects a sinner’s experience in hell within The Divine Comedy.