Inside Inferno by Dante Alighieri: A Story within a Story

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Inferno is only a piece of a much larger story written by Dante Alighieri. The entire story is called the Divine Comedy, which is composed of Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. Together these three pieces tell the story of Dante's journey through Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise; something that is easily discernible through reading the titles of each part. Dante wrote these poems somewhere around the year 1300. Originally written in what Dante referred to as Latin, there have been many different translations of his Divine Comedy. This has cause some variations in small details of the text, but the main story has stayed the same. Dante was highly involved in some political conflicts at the time which influenced some of his writing. The one…show more content…
This was where Virgil was originally before he was sent to guide Dante. The punishment in this circle is relatively very mild compared to some of the other punishments seen throughout Hell. The ninth and innermost circle is reserved for those who have betrayed someone. This circle has four different rings as well depending on who the sinner betrayed. In the very center of this is where Lucifer is. He is a three headed beast who is frozen up to his waist in ice. He is chewing on a different person in each of his heads. In one he has Judas who had betrayed Jesus Christ. In the other two he has Cassius and Brutus who betrayed Julius Caesar. This works well with the theme too. It shows that even in Hell there is no greater sin than betraying someone who loved you. Yet another reason as to why love is a main theme in Inferno. Now Dante's journey was not as easy as walking down a set of stairs. Virgil and he met with opposition many times throughout their adventure. “ My guide snatched me up instantly, just as the mother who is wakened by a roar and catches sight of blazing flames beside her, will lift her son and run without a stop – she cares more for the child than for herself – not pausing even to throw on a shift; and down the hard embankment’s edge – his back lay flat along the sloping rock that closes one side of the adjacent moat – he slid. No water ever ran so fast along a sluice to
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