Historical And Literary Allusions In Dante Alighieri's Inferno

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Ali Kudia
Ms. Patricia
AP Lit
9/25/15

Historical and Literary Allusions Paper

Let's begin with a definition of an "allusion." An allusion is a reference in a literary work that references something else without saying so directly. Often, but not always, allusions are cultural or political references.
However, allusions in Western literature will often be related to mythology, the Bible, and other well-known works of literature. In Dante Alighieri’s Inferno (Cantos XVIII) there are not many allusions in my cantos, but i found one that really intrigued me. It was the way that Dante compares the formations of the bolgias(the panderers and the seducers) to be very much similar to the moats of a castle. Two when the sinners being naked alludes

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