The Myths Of The Underworld

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The myths of the underworld reflect many ideas in regard to the journey through hell. In Dante’s Divine Comedy, readers are able to take a deeper look at how myths are represented at a psychological level through the importance of death and rebirth.As Dante progresses through the imaginary journey of Hell, Hell’s inferno is represented by the nine regions arranged around the wall of a huge funnel in nine concentric circles. As the hero, Dante starts his journey by losing his way on the true path of life. Dante is then placed on a quest in order to overcome his sins and also to win over the love of “God”, where he then meets and is led by a ghost named Virgil. During this era, Virgil is represented as a deceased Roman poet, who came to …show more content…

Dante understands this as he progressives on his journey because he sees the difference between minor sins to major sins and also how sins relate to how deep you are in Hell.In the beginning of his path through the afterlife, Dante begins to feel sympathy for lost souls, however, as the he progresses further into the inferno, Dante becomes less sympathetic to give his pity. For example, the myth of Persephone, Greek goddess of the underworld, corresponds to Dante’s understanding because “all through history, it is true that only by going through hell does one have any chance of reaching heaven. The journey through hell is a part of the journey that cannot be omitted—indeed, what one learns in hell is a prerequisite to arriving at any good value thereafter” (The Therapist and the Journey Into Hell).
Dante’s first circle of hell represents what we know as Limbo, this part of hell consists of heathen and the unbaptized, who led decent lives. The second to fifth circle of hell represents the sins of people who were lustful, gluttonous, prodigal, and wrathful on earth. The sixth circle of hell is where heretics are punished for their sins and the seventh circle of hell is devoted to the punishment of people who had sinned violence. The eighth circle of hell is devoted to those guilty of fraud and the ninth circle of hell are for those who betrayed other people in life. In the last section of hell, Dante sees Satan and his frozen lake

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