Comedy And Comedy In Dante And Dante's Inferno

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The Commedia used improvised dialogue and satire to relate to issues of the era and was a common form of theater for nearly two hundred years, paving the way for modern theater and satire performances. Much of everyday life in the Medieval Age centered around religion, since the Church was also the ruling entity and defined what would constitute proper social conformity. Because of its satire and comical performances, the Commedia appealed to all classes. It was also used to convey political and religious messages and to support the rule of the Church in the early fourteenth century. Love enters into most of the poetic expressions of the era, but religion and human concepts of good and evil are also presented. Dante perceived love from his own experiences with his beloved Beatrice, whom he loved since childhood. Dante also invoked comparisons with ancient Greek mythology characters and even walked with them in La Divina Commedia. When the description of Inferno was written, the world was becoming largely Christian and Dante believed the polytheistic religions of the past were sinful. He shows this to be true as he portrays important people of the past including Odysseus and his guide, Virgil, as being in hell because they were not Christians. Beatrice was Dante’s childhood and …show more content…
Dante’s version of courage does not involve feats of physical strength but tests his courage through inner strength as he moves about in heaven, hell and purgatory as he is led through hell by the long-dead Greek poet Virgil. It is interesting to note that Dante reserved the darkest and most fearsome regions of hell for traitors and turncoats, a problem Odysseus also faced with treacherous sailors in ancient Greek mythology, another reference to the ancients that Dante made. The lowest level of hell is defined in Inferno as fraudulent acts between individuals who share special bonds of love and

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