A P Lang & Comp
19 March, 2014
Mr. Corey Albert
Dante’s Representation on the severity of Betrayals as Seen Throughout Modern Literature.
Dante’s view on betrayal is fundamentally identical to today’s standards. While he views betrayal as the worst sin, and most countries today have policies that enforce the death penalty for treason, the Latin saying “Mors Ante Infamiam” or “Death before Dishonor” means to rather die than to dishonor your country, a belief that Dante must have shared judging by his placement of Brutus and Casius in the fourth ring of the ninth circle Cocytus with Judas Iscariot in Satan’s mouths. Even though The Divine Comedy predates Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, the tale of the betrayal of the Emperor of Rome was notorious enough for commoners to be knowledgeable of it, allowing Dante to reference it and remind the public to be good citizens and not to assassinate the head of the Italian government(even if he does sleep with prostitutes). …show more content…
Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. From adultery and gossip to the American dream and jealousy, betrayal is the underlying if not main theme to the entire novel. Let’s start with adultery; it is clear from the start of the book that Daisy’s husband, Tom is cheating on her. With his history of being a football superstar combined with the fact that their marriage was unstable made perfect conditions for acts of adultery in his and her cases. Daisy only cheats on Tom after she finds Gatsby is alive through her cousin Nick Carraway and only because she is knowledgeable of her husband’s betrayal with Myrtle Wilson who is cheating on her husband George with