The Divine Comedy And Dante's Inferno

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Dante’s Impact
Dante Alighieri is known for writing one of the greatest pieces of literature of all time, called The Divine Comedy. In the Divine Comedy, there are three poems: Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. All three of these books are allegories. His most famous poem is the Inferno. In the Inferno, we follow Dante himself, and his guide, Virgil, through the nine levels of Hell. What I wanted to talk about is the use of allegory, and Dante’s Impact.
Let 's start off with The Divine Comedy itself. In its entirety, it stands for the quest of human life. However, there are so many more symbols in the poem. In the Inferno, all the characters are symbolic for something. For example, Virgil represents human reason, while Dante represents Us.
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Grafters are people who acquire money by abusing their political power. This level is guarded by Demons. The Grafters are in a boiling hot pitch. If they rise above the surface of the pitch, the Demons take chunks of their body out, just how the Grafters took chunks of money from others. While the Grafters reside in this sticky pitch, their eyesight is shielded, since their sinful act was hidden from people on Earth.
Another aspect of the Inferno that I wanted to talk about was the relation of the Inferno as an Everyman story. So, what exactly is the Everyman story? Basically, it is a play that uses allegory to tell the story of a man trying to obtain Christian Salvation. It’s also a story that is written so the reader can relate/identify with the character(s). The Inferno has often been cited as an Everyman story, especially because its use of allegory, and the fact that Dante is portrayed as “Us.” Dante is going through hell for all of humanity, because people are always wondering what hell is
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Dante even includes people he had high respect for, like Jacopo Rusticucci and Tegghiaio Aldobrandi, whose policies and personalities Dante admired. As you can see, this Poem is not just an Everyman story, it 's also closely related to Dante 's personal life and experiences.
While parts of the Inferno are based on real people and actual events, a lot of this poem is imaginative. This goes for the levels of hell and the punishments that correspond to the sins people committed. There is also a lot of Greek mythological figures, such as Zeus and Medusa. I think what Dante was trying to portray was the fact that you would be surprised who can and will end up in Hell, since the people he included are very eclectic. Some even being important role models in his

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