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Morality Unit  11

Allegory in The Inferno

Georgia Performance Standards


Locates and analyzes such elements in fiction as language and style, character development, point of view, irony, and structures (i.e., chronological, in medias res, flashback, frame narrative).

Identifies and analyzes patterns of imagery or symbolism.

Relates identified elements in fiction to theme or underlying meaning.

Identifies, responds to, and analyzes the effects of diction, syntax, sound, form, figurative language, and structure of poems as these elements relate to meaning.


Applies knowledge of the concept that the theme or meaning of a selection represents a universal view or comment on life or society and provides support from the text for the identified theme.

Evaluates the way an author’s choice of words advances the theme or purpose of the work.


Explains important ideas and viewpoints introduced in a text through accurate and detailed references or allusions to the text and other relevant works.

Brilliant Star Objectives

Spiritual Development

Students will be able to acknowledge the explicit spirituality in the descriptions of themselves, other human beings, nature and the earth, and the unknowns of their lives

Moral Character Development

Students will be able to recognize a clear image of themselves and how to identify behavior that does not follow moral rules.

Personal Style

Students will be able to describe how they are unique and how they are similar to others.

Students will be able to describe important similarities and differences among people.

Students will be able to identify and compare differences in people and their thinking/opinions.

Lesson Essential Questions:

How is Dante’s The Inferno an allegory?

How does Dante use symbolism, metaphor, and imagery to further his statement?

What role does spirituality play in one’s life?

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