Among the followers of Christianity, questions arise in order to find the righteous path to Heaven’s gate. On the contrary, there are those who seek answers for what is forsaken. Dante Alighieri fully expresses himself on this dilemma in his written work, The Divine Comedy. The first part of the epic poem is Inferno; Dante defines and constructs Hell, based on the morals and judgments set by common beliefs during his time. Dante also uses Aristotle’s philosophical work to shape the structure of Hell. Undergoing a journey through Hell as himself, Dante places famous literary icons to assist in questioning the acts of justice. Dante builds and contrast between the sinners who are innocent, and those who deliberately perform evil deeds. Virgil, a fellow poet and pagan, exemplifies wisdom and clarity that which Dante must learn through his endeavor. Virgil’s guidance will provide contrast and the necessary guidance to reach Paradise. The change of character Dante experience, is dreadful; pity and remorse must be exempted to honor retribution for the sinners’ defiance against God. All the answers regarding Hell, lies upon meeting the primal sinner, Lucifer, the Fallen Angel. Dante’s journey unfolds a critical analysis in which portrays the human struggle in every individual. There are several implications of the four functions of myth that can be derived from Dante’s Inferno. Dante divides Hell into three dispositions: incontinence, malice and brutality. (Alighieri, Dante, and Longfellow 6.79-82)
Dante begins his struggle when he becomes lost in the dark forest and then later finds himself in the deep depths of hell with Virgil. “Everyman—that is, any human being—finds himself in the dark state of sin and error after having wandered from the true moral course established by God” (Rudd 10). He encounters a ghostly guy named Virgil who was the amazing Latin/Roman poet that guides him through the nine chambers of hell ba...
The Inferno by Dante is a story of a mans voyages through the treacherous depths of hell. Dante is a man who has strayed from the path of a catholic way of life. Now he needs to travel through hell to reach the virtuous path that will take him to heaven. He is guided through hell by a man who is in limbo, the first circle of hell, named Virgil. Virgil takes him through hell and shows him people suffering for the sins that they have committed. Together they travel through the nine different stages of hell observing who is in each stage, what there punishment is, and what sins they committed to get there. Virgil was sent to guide Dante through hell by Beatrice who is the love of Dante’s life. Beatrice plays a major role in the story because it is love that helps give Virgil the strength to travel through hell and return to the path that will unite the two in the afterlife.
In conclusion, “Inferno” by Dante Alighieri is an allegorical epic poem that had a great impact on the Renaissance view of Hell and Christianity in general. This metaphorical narrative filled with symbolism and political commentary. This poem had an enormous impact on religion during the Renaissance as well as the way people thought in general.
The Middle Ages spawned a revolutionary arc in religious activity. Having welcomed Christianity, and taking roots from Greek and Roman spirituality, the arts had evolved alongside divine beliefs. Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy explored the realms of Christianity, which included Hell (Inferno), Purgatory (Purgatorio), and Heaven (Paradiso), with the fictitious account of Dante himself traveling to each individual place. As such, his masterpiece had become a wonder of the literature world. Alongside it, the artistic visions of Donatello and Brunelleschi had held Greek and Roman beliefs in high regards as a majority of their architecture, sculptures, and other artistic aspects had derived directly from those ancient beliefs. Finally, music had
Dante’s Inferno is the narration told of the life of Dante Alighieri. The narration is done by Dante himself where he explains his life and various encounters. Dante is known for writing various stories and poems which he did after he was exiled from Florence where he was an ambassador. He had lived a life among the middle class, loved and lost his love to death, and gotten into leadership in Florence. His various experiences in life had caused him to have a distorted view of the purity of the Catholic Church in its indulgence in politics. The terms of the exile demanded that his return would be punishable by death.
Dante Alighieri was a man of his time. He was living on the brink of the Renaissance and yet still captured the essence of a man of the Middle Ages in his great work the Divine Comedy. Dante’s reasoning for writing this work came from the sentence bestowed on him from the people of Florence. This work was a way for him to understand and make sense of what his life had become while trying to understand what may come in the afterlife. The Divine Comedy was also a way for him to settle a vendetta against Florence and the Church. Dante tried to make sense out of the afterlife, God’s plan and the imperfections of the Church. The Inferno was Dante’s version of hell and Reason was his guide.
Dante’s Inferno begins with Dante being lost in a dark wood and he comes across a mountain in which he tries to climb, but encounters three beasts on the mountain that send him back into the dark wood. First Dante encountered a leopard, then a lion and finally a she-wolf. After being sent back into the dark wood by these beasts, Virgil appears to Dante and tells him that he will not be able to climb up that mountain that Dante needs to go through hell and then purgatory to reach paradise. As Virgil and Dante approach the beginning of hell, Dante is skeptical because very few men have went through hell and have come back, but Virgil explains to Dante that Beatrice has sent Virgil to lead Dante. This encourages Dante and he uses Virgil as his mentor/ leader for his journey through hell and
...tution in all of Europe was the Roman Catholic Church. The Church affected almost every facet of life: political, cultural, social, and economic. Dante saw the corruption within the Church and wanted to write about what he saw as the consequences for this corruption. His visions of Hell perfectly fit to what he saw in people’s everyday life at that time. Even though he was forced into exile for refusing to pay a fine for a falsified charge the church accused him of, he still believed, kept his faith and was a devout Christian throughout his life. Dante the man clearly influenced Dante the writer and produced a set of ideas concerning the role of the Catholic Church. In his masterpiece Inferno, Dante Alighieri paints a clear and vivid picture to Christians everywhere, then and now, of what Hell must be like, having a permanent impact on Christians all over the world.
The influence of Christianity on literature isn’t always as obvious as the customs or celebrations that it has brought into the world, but it is just as important. The Bible is arguably the most important work in literature ever created and the teachings that come from it continue to be taught today. The Bible was a big source of influence on Dante’s Inferno and is widely shown throughout the story. Inferno takes on Dante’s own depiction of hell from what is portrayed in The Bible. In Dante’s version of hell, he shows that there are nine levels of hell with each level getting progressively worse than the one before it. At the very bottom level of hell is where Lucifer resides in the frozen river known as Cocytus. “Beneath each face two mighty wings stretched out, the size you might expect of this huge bird: not feath...