Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Is Dante mocking Hell as well as representing the Trinity with his use of "3?"
It seems to me that not only does Dante use the repeating pattern of three in the Inferno to represent the Trinity but to also mock Satan. For example, Satan, down in Judecca is stuck in the ice holding the three sinners in each of his three mouths. However, this is all he can do. He is stuck from the waist down in the frozen water of Cocytus. This basically leaves Satan powerless against God and Christianity as a whole. Could Dante's use of the "three pattern" also represent Satan being subservient to God? Dante's use of "three" does not give Satan the power that it gives the Trinity. Satan is just frozen in place punishing the three sinners. He is powerless against God and the Trinity as a whole. This could have something to do with Dante's firm ties to Christianity. What do you think?