Dante’s the divine comedy – the inferno


Imagine you are producing a scene from Dante’s Inferno for stage or film (or any other medium you like). How would you direct it? Consider casting and production details (issues of blocking, lighting, pacing, enunciation, costume, set design, etc.), as well as specifically how you will direct the actors (facial expression, body movement, delivery—how you would have them read certain lines). You can make some changes, but you must justify any decisions you make. Be specific about what you want to do and why you want to do it that way and use the text as the basis of your explanation.    As you write your essay, keep in mind the importance of a strong, argumentative thesis. Remember: your thesis must do more than simply state a fact. It must make an arguable assertion about the text. A second key to successfully completing this assignment is staying grounded in the text—analyze the text closely and let it support your argument. Remember: plot summary is NOT analysis! You may consider your audience (your reader) to have read Dante’s Inferno, so there is no need to recapitulate the plot or circumstances of the poem. No outside criticism is to be used, so there should be no need to cite any sources beyond the poem itself. 



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