Honors World Lit
4 April 2013
Ulysses In Hell
In Dante’s Inferno, Ulysses, a man known for his skillful word weaving, is sent into eternal damnation in Hell by Dante. In the Odyssey, after the Trojan War ends, Ulysses sails back to Ithaca. In the Inferno, Ulysses recounts the story about how he convinced his men to sail with him past the Pillars of Hercules. It was previously believed that nothing lay behind these pillars, until Ulysses and his men discover the Mountain of Purgatory. As they approach the mountain, a huge storm intercepts the ship and kills the whole crew, including Ulysses. Dante decides to place Ulysses in Hell because he tricked people for his own personal gain and committed many acts of fraud.
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During his life, Ulysses, while persuading others to do his bidding for his own gain, also condemned many people to death as a result. When Ulysses led his men beyond the Pillars of Hercules on to the Southern Hemisphere, he along with all of his men end up dying as soon as they see the Mountain of Purgatory (Scott 17). Also, when Ulysses manages to get the Trojan Horse into Troy, he condemns the majority of its population to death by the