Dante’s Inferno, Canto 10: bad factionalism






Political hate

One side against the other

Hatred on both sides


NOTE: A major theme of Dante’s Inferno is bad factionalism. One political party takes over Florence and exiles the other side, and then the exiled political party comes back, triumphs, and exiles the first political party. Factionalism need not be bad. Two political parties can differ on the issues, yet attempt to work together to make the city or the country great. Dante is a Guelf, and Farinata is a Ghibelline. They are members of political parties that hate each other.



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