Figurative Language In Dante's Inferno

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Christianity is one of the most popular religions in the world today. Christianity has the largest amount of followers today. Over time, the religion has developed and change depending on the era. However, many traditional values have carried similar meaning since its creation. Throughout many years, there have been numerous ideas originating from Christianity that do not exist today. During the development of the western world, religion played a big role in everyday lives. During the 14th century, an era of change began with the Renaissance as people experienced change and development through the western worlds. In Dante’s Inferno, some of these new beliefs, changes, and different forms of imagery are noticed throughout the whole poem. Throughout …show more content…
The description of Hell in Dante’s Inferno is an extraordinary work of creating such imagery and use of creative figurative language unimaginable to this time period. Dante understood the writing styles of ancient times and altered the ideas to create his form of writing that adjusted well to the change being introduced. Dante greatly admired the classic poet, Virgil, who is most famous for the Aeneid; thus why Dante chose such character to guide him through a majority of Hell. According to a reader’s guide of the Inferno, Dante was inspired by the journey Aeneas took to the underworld in the Aeneid, which consisted of mythological monsters and rivers which allowed him to create his version of an afterlife (Raffa). In this poem, the ideas of Hell and purgatory were not just a location for sinners, but a location that brought great suffering to those who have done wrong. Upon entering the gates of Hell, the poem mentions a welcoming description of …show more content…
However, the Inferno included many relevant materials relating to what Christianity and its beliefs consist of today. At that time, uncertainty and confusion grasped the idea of Hell as people experienced change from the ancient Roman and Greek mythologies and beliefs. Dante created the idea for religious believers to grasp the idea of Hell as the afterlife for sinners who disobeyed their God. According to English Professor Teodolinda Barolini, “the vision of hell before the Inferno suffer from lack of difference: all the sinners seem the same, all the punishments merge into one sadistic blur” (Barolini). Furthermore, some people might argue that Dante’s claims of the different types of punishment received in Hell cannot possibly compare to what the bible mentions regarding punishment. However, Hell described in the bible is a place of “outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (English Standard Version, Matt. 25:30). Although Dante’s ideas might not be an exact reference to what Hell is like, he created an unimaginable creation of some of the punishments that Hell could consist of. By any means, Dante was not a Renaissance poet. Dante successfully took the forms of literature in the Middle Ages and recreated a poem to initiate a change in ideas and beliefs

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