Identifying Himself As A Pilgrim Essay

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Identifying himself as a Pilgrim, Dante Alighieri passionately conveys his faith, hope, and love of God in his phenomenal poem, the Divina Commedia. Via his journey to the Paradise through the Inferno and Purgatory, Dante the Pilgrim inserts lots of biblical and historical references to emphasize his Christian values, moral standards, and most importantly the doctrine of justification by faith (Sola Fide). By establishing a world where dead sinners (especially the famous one in the history and Dante’s era) suffering severely in the Inferno, he condemns the ones who disobey God ,and the ones who were born way too early to hear the sacrosanct gospel of Jesus. Nevertheless, Dante avidly expresses admiration to many of the great poets and philosophers in the Pre-Christian era as most other Medieval writers do despite his cruelty of torturing them in his work. For instance, Dante puts these virtuous pagans in Limbo, instead of Circle IV for Heretics, and assigns Virgil the divine task. With Virgil’s pagan classical wisdom and life experience, Virgil appears as Dante’s mentor, tour guide, and angelic messenger; he alleviates Dante’s fear, strengthens his faith, and leads him through the pragmatic Inferno where he struggles. Born in 70 b.c., Virgil is educated as a believer of Roman Paganism, which he conveys strong admiration in the Aeneid. Never having the opportunity to receive Christ’s salvation, Virgil exists in the Divina Commedia as a respectful pioneer to Dante but also a…

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