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BackgroundThis is the 4th book in Dan Browns series featuring character Robert Langdon. Inferno was preceded by Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code, and The Lost Symbol, all New York Times best sellers.
Major CharactersRobert Langdon: A professor of symbology at Harvard University and the protagonist of the novel.Bertrand Zobrist: The principle antagonist of the novel despite committing suicide in the prologue. A genius scientist and a madman who is obsessed with Dante's Inferno, he is intent on solving the world's overpopulation problem by releasing a virus.(Felicity) Sienna Brooks: A doctor with a troubled past and tasked with helping Langdon solve the hidden secrets of Zobrists hologram map of hell and the virus.Elizabeth Sinskey: The head of the World Health Organization who hires Langdon to find Zobrist's virus.Major CharactersThe Provost: (a senior academic administrator). The head of The Consortium and the secondary antagonist. He is hired by Zobrist for location secrecy to work on his project in peace. The Provost knowingly hides Zobrist from the WHO other government organizations.Vayentha: Secondary antagonist and The Consortium's spiked-blonde haired agent in Florence who has orders to follow Langdon.Christoph Brder: Head of the SRS team (part of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control) who is ordered by Sinskey to find Langdon after she lost contact with himPlot Nothing is what seems!!Florence, Italy - Robert Langdon wakes up in a hospital with no recollection of how he got there, what has happened to him, or why he is in Florence and not Cambridge. Sienna Brookes, a doctor caring for Langdon, begins to explain that his head was grazed by a bullet and he now has a concussion and amnesia. Before much more can be explained, Vayentha, a female assassin charges through the hospital and kills one of Langdons doctors. Langdon and Sienna barely escape to her apartment.
The ImageWhile listening to Sienna explain the strange night before to him, Langdon finds a cylinder in his jacket containing an altered version of Botticellis Map of Hell. At the bottom of the projection are the words The truth can be glimpsed only through the eyes of death. Before they can figure out more Siennas building is raided by soldiers in black, and they narrowly escape.
The MaskUpon deciphering the altered image, Langdon discovers the message CERCA TROVA hidden in the ten layers of the Malebolge of the map. Langdon connects the eyes of death phrase in the map to the Dante death mask. Once found, the mask itself contains its own hidden messages leading them further into Zobrists puzzle. The next few days are spent connecting dots, deciphering cryptic phrases and escaping death throughout Italy.
SettingThe overall setting of the novel takes place in Florence, Italy. This is completely appropriate to the story since the plot focuses on the protagonists knowledge pitted against the antagonists obsession with Dante Alighieri. Florence is fitting because it is said that Dante had two loves in his life, Beatrice and Florence. Dante found himself in his own personal hell when Beatrice married and he was banished from Florence forever by a ruling political faction.
Allegory ReviewAllegory is a literary device in which characters or events in a literary, visual, or musical art form represent or symbolize ideas and concepts. An allegory conveys its hidden message through symbolic figures, actions, imagery, and/or events.As a literary device, an allegory in its most general sense is an extended metaphorAs a class, lets discuss how Dantes Inferno is an allegory, as a review
The Allegory of Browns InfernoSimilar to Dantes Inferno, Browns novel is a comment on human behavior.Distrust of government companiesFanatical groupsTranshumanism a movement designed to better the human race and condition through technology and its studyBertrand ZobristOver populationVirus
Browns Inferno is Dantes Inferno reversed.Dantes Inferno is an allegory of a man journeying through Hell to save himself while metaphorically equaling every humans journey on a path back to God.Browns Inferno is a man on a real life journey and struggle to save himself and the human race while metaphorically feeling like his own personal hell.Questions to ConsiderHow does Robert Langdons journey resemble that of Dantes?Are there 3 separate stages?Is the meaning of the struggle the same?What symbolic images are mirrored in Browns Inferno that also appear in Dantes Inferno? Pay attention to multiples of 3. Who is similar to the guide Virgil?VS