Dante’s, The Divine Comedy

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In Dante’s, The Divine Comedy, Virgil leads Dante through the Inferno, where Dante undergoes changes in his compassion. I am going to argue that Dante expresses less compassion during his journey when Virgil leads him through the Inferno. This essay will prove how Dante shows more feelings at the beginning of the Inferno compared to the end of the Inferno. Dante is being a coward by thinking he is unable to make his journey: I’d be too slow had I obeyed by now. You need no more declare to me your will. But tell me why you take so little care and, down to this dead middle point, you leave the spacious circle where you burn to go.
In this particular part, in Canto two, Dante
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Near the end of the Inferno Dante is barely showing any emotions: I woke before the day ahead had come, and heard my sons (my little ones were there) cry in their sleep and call out for some food. How hard you are if, thinking what my heart foretold, you do not feel the pain of it. Whatever will you weep for, if not that? By now they all had woken up. The time was due when, as routine, our food was brought, Yet each was doubt, thinking of their dream. Listening, I heard the door below locked shut, then nailed in place against that dreadful tower, I looked in their dear faces, spoke no word. I did not weep. Inward, I turned to stone. They wept. And then my boy Anselmo spoke: ‘What are you staring at? Father, what’s wrong?’ And so I held my tears in check and gave no answer all that day, nor all the night that followed on, until another sun came up. (Dante, Inferno, 33: 37-54)
Dante woke up before the day had started with his sons crying in their sleep for food. He didn’t really care that his sons were hungry and he didn’t understand what people weep for besides weeping for food because they are hungry. They received their food but then their door was nailed
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