Innocence In Divine Comedy And Dante's Inferno

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Innocence: we all have it, and, we all lose it. Weather it is the innocence of childhood, or the innocence of knowledge, we realize that what we once knew to be true is no longer the truth. Just a child’s day dream long forgotten. In this essay I will be discussing two different works. The first work will be Dante’s Inferno. Inferno is one of three books in the Divine Comedy trilogy written by Dante Alighieri. Inferno focus’ on Dante's journey through Inferno (a.k.a. Hell). The second work will be American Horror Story: Roanoke. AHS (American Horror Story) is a anthology tv series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. We will be focusing on season six of AHS. Roanoke is the title of season six because it centers around the ghosts …show more content…
As Dante approaches the second round of the seventh circle he comes upon some trees that his guide instructs him to look carefully at them and he might see something. Dante’s responds “I heard the cries of lamentation rise and spill on every hand, but saw no souls in pain in all that waste; and, puzzled, I stood still. I think perhaps he thought that I was thinking those cries rose from among the twisted roots through which the spirits of the damned were slinking to hide from us” (Alighieri 102-103). Dante then proceeds to break a branch from one of the trees. The tree cries out and this is when he realises that the souls are the trees vice-versa. The amount of naivety that is shown in this quote along with the surprise that Dante experiences help us to understand how innocent Dante really is. Dante truly does not fully understand the concept of Hell and how it works. He has not yet realized that Hell is a place of punishment and torture for the souls that have sinned. The amount of innocence that Dante still exhibits at this point is like that of a child’s. The way he sees the good in these souls and how he asked them what they did, always having a question for the next is just like a child: full of curiosity and …show more content…
Flora Harris is about 8 years old and she is the only child of Lee and Mason Harris. Her mother, Lee got addicted to pain meds after a accident while she was on duty as a cop. This eventually led to the divorce of Lee and Mason. Flora is seen to be talking to no one in her living room when she says some very disturbing things for a 8 year old, “FLORA (quietly): She's gonna hurt us? (Flora continues talking quietly in distance)...FLORA: If I give you my doll, will she stay away? (sighs) (Flora continues talking quietly) (Flora talking quietly) (chuckles)...She's gonna make a bonnet for me just like hers if we help her...She said she's tired of all the blood” (Roanoke 2). This line of text comes from the second episode of AHS: Roanoke episode 2, in this scene we see Flora talking to no one, when her mother, Lee, walks in and asked her who she is talking to. Flora says that she is talking to her friend Priscilla. Later on in the season we find out that Priscilla is the ghost of a girl about the same age as Flora that was sacrificed to the gods back in the days of the colony of Roanoke. In the quote it clearly shows a eight year old child talking about blood and death, and she talks about it in a way like it is no big deal. She seems so nonchalant, almost innocent maybe? Well that's because she is a child, she doesn't understand the concept of death, her child like innocence allows her to

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