Dante's Inferno In The Divine Comedy

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Dante in his own poem The Divine Comedy is the writer who narrates his journey towards redemption. The comedy takes place in the afterworld which is divided into Inferno (Hell), Purgatorio (Purgatory) and Paradiso (Paradise). These three sections are, in turn, divided into 33 Cantos each with the exception of hell which has an introductory Canto. The Florentine writer is accompanied by 2 spiritual guides along his divine journey. The prince of Latin poems, Virgil, in both Inferno and Purgatorio, and Dante’s divine love, Beatrice, while in Paradiso. These switch of guides happens since Virgil is a pagan and, therefore, cannot accompany Dante in Paradise. In Dante’s poem The Divine Comedy Virgil allegorically represents human reason, he is the light capable to help the Florentine poet overcoming the many obstacles through Hell.
Virgil is chosen by Dante because he is the greatest example in the kingdom of art and knowledge. When composing The Divine Comedy Dante was inspired by the Virgilian Aeneid after having studied it for so long with great passion. In fact, the Aeneid was for the Italian writer full of inspiration’s elements, not only for the exterior structure like the representation of mythological sites and people but also for the idea of representing life in the dead’s kingdom. This afterlife
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This is possible thanks to the major help given from Virgil, the wise guide and “father” who is always around to protect the Florentine poet. The Divine Comedy is a literary masterpiece for its magnificent scenes, messages and outcomes, it is a major source of pride for Italy and Italians. Dante’s cleverness lies in Virgil’s role as a guide, besides the thousand more characteristics of the comedy. In Dante’s poem The Divine Comedy Virgil is the human reason capable of help, inspire, spur, reprove and, above all, love his pupil. The great Latin poet is the perfect character who suits “divinely” the role of

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