Dante Aligheri's Divine Comedy

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In the beginning of Dante’s Inferno, Dante engages the reader in a personal way by including them in his story. He allows the reader to relate and emphasizes that they will or most likely have gone through an experience of losing their path in life. Midway on our life’s journey, I found myself/ In dark woods, the right road lost (Dante, 1408). The Inferno is often described as the quintessence of the medieval worldview, a codification of the values of the high Middle Ages in art, science, theology and philosophy (Wilke, Hurt). He was a pious man whose own experiences in a corrupt society shaped his writing style and the symbolism he included in his stories. There are graphic details of each circle of hell by describing the appropriate…show more content…
There is no torment or graphic suffering, however, their suffering is just like the suffering in the entrance of hell. These same people are filled with a feeling of melancholy, they have a sense of unfulfillment, they suffer with the longing for knowledge of god and for solution of the mystery of life without the hope of ever having either. As Dante and Virgil step into the next circle, they encounter the lustful.
I learned that to such a torment / carnal sinners are condemned / who subject their reason to desire
Here, there, up, and down, it blows them / no hope ever comforts them / of rest or even of less pain (1425, 1426)
These people, some historical and mythological, were physically and mentally led by their desires which ended in their adulterous desires taking them to hell. Their punishment is to be blown by strong winds that never cease. Dante has a recurring theme of the judgement fitting the sin, each judgement is thought out to somehow relate to each sin. As they continue on to circle III, IV and V they see the gluttons, avaricious and the angry. The punishments for the first five circles are comparatively the same. Dante comes across a soul named Ciacco who begins to discuss Florence. Both men knew that Florence was being divided by the Church and other parties, Ciacco says, “Pride, envy, and avarice are the sparks/ which have enflamed all hearts” (1431). The damned in the Upper Hell all experience a mental

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