The Oxford Dictionary gives five different definitions of the meaning of “politics.” One definition

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The Oxford Dictionary gives five different definitions of the meaning of “politics.” One definition is: “activities within an organization that are aimed at improving someone’s status or position and are typically considered to be devious or divisive.” Another definition is: “a particular set of political beliefs or principles.” For a long time, politics has shaped the way that people write and think about life. Politics has been a major influence on literary works, such as Dante’s Inferno, Don Quixote, and Corinne, Or Italy, and in these works you get the chance to understand the political beliefs from the author’s point of view instead of from another character in the novel. Dante’s Inferno, although seemingly a religious epic poem,…show more content…
Dante was one of the few apart of this political power. In The Inferno, one can see examples of Dante’s political beliefs by who he places in hell and how he actually feels about them. He places Pier della Vigna, once the right-hand man of Emperor Frederick II, in the seventh circle with all the others who commit suicide. In a religious context, Dante abhors suicide because it goes against Christianity. However, Dante shows Pier as the innocent victim of envy and of the courts. The power of envy is so great that not even Emperor Frederick could be immune from it. In Hell, Pier still protests his loyalty to his superior, whom he served faithfully on Earth. Although historical records claim that Piero was not innocent, like he says in The Inferno, for either treason or being a part of some group that wished to tarnish the emperor’s name and reputation. It isn’t certain whether or not Dante was aware of these facts or allegations, but it does show that he wasn’t completely against Pier and that he actually though Pier was innocent of the charges brought against him. Another literary work that has political influence is Don Quixote. Miguel Cervantes was born in 1547 and much of his childhood was spent moving from town to town while his father sought work. He studied in Madrid for one year, where his teacher was the humanist Juan López de Hoyos. In 1570, Cervantes joined a Spanish regiment in Naples. He took part in the sea battle at Lepanto (1571) where
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