Book Review : ' Inferno '

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Monica Paultre
Professor Christensen
October 27, 2014
Research Paper
Inferno
As humans evolve, so do their stories. In every country, culture, and race, tales as old as time itself continue to pass on throughout generations. With multitudes of stories that deform within translations, certain stories may win over the hearts of readers worldwide and never lose its tale. Reasons may include the intriguing title, history of the work, attention to detail in symbolism and emotions, controversy in the plot, or all of the above. Born in Florence dating back to 1265, Dante Alighieri, not only the author, but also the protagonist, undergoes an epic adventure through the treacherous pits of Hell. Due to its outdated language from 13th and 14th
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“As little flowers, which the chill of night has bent and huddled, when the white sun strikes, grow straight and open fully on their stems, so did I, too, with my exhausted force.” (Dante Alighieri, Inferno). Readers develop more in depth interest of the storyline due to the to these emotions of loss and love, along with the sacrifice and determination. Each level of Hell contains a punishment for every act of sin from the most innocent to the most gruesome. With every intention to escape from the inferno, the ironic solution to paradise lies within experiencing the depths of the pit. Dating back to the 13th and 14th century, Christianity takes a great part in the beliefs and practices involving the fear of punishment for sins. Common issues currently remain relevant because the struggle between good and evil endlessly battles amongst one another. Thrill seekers enjoy the novel, embracing the worst fears of hell and expressing Inferno in various music, video games, stories, and art. With modern media advertising the book, more readers take interest into the story in inspiration of what lies within Dante’s fate.
In 1306, the Divine Comedy composes of Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso, laying out the basic structure of Christianity’s belief on life after death. Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise, other known as Heaven, taking the most fearful punishments,
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