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Canto X The Perils of Pride In The Inferno Dante describes his journey through hell Throughout his pilgrimage Dante learns from the sinners that he meets along the way One influential group of sinners is those in Canto X In this Canto Dante is warned that those filled with pride suffer eternally Although the Canto is mainly about heretics all the sinners involved make bad decisions because of their pride They are too proud and try to impress others while in reality these individuals end up making themselves look bad The punishment commonly used against these arrogant people is language For example individuals who boasted about how great they were during life are issued the punishment of not being able to brag anymore These people believe and preach that the soul dies with the body therefore happiness should be obtained in the physical life This Canto exemplifies the growth that Dante gets from the sinners in each circle This newfound awareness will allow him to avoid this flaw of his Dante realizes that if he doesnt change his ways he too will end up in eternal pain The first sinner that Virgil and Dante meet is Farinata This sets up the potential conflict between the two arrogant men Farinata is described as standing out tall with his chest and brow claiming disdain for all this hellDante 89 This body language shows his overconfidence in himself and a feeling of being better than everyone else Virgil instructs Dante to talk to the man but be sure to choose your words with care Dante 89 With a superior attitude Farinata asks Dante and who would your ancestors beDante 89 Farinata automatically tries to place Dantes accent which is the first reference to language He describes Dante as one whose birthplace is that noble city with which in my Farinatas time perhaps I he was too harshDante 89 How could pride be harmful and not just a
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