Symbolism In Dante's Inferno

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The word “inferno” means Hell in Italian. Hell is where the main character Dante Alighieri and the ghost of the Roman poet Virgil, who was sent Dante’s deceased loved one Beatrice, travel in order to help Dante get back on the right path. The reason why Dante travels to Hell is because the Ghost of Virgil offers to guide Dante through Hell in order to get to Paradise (Heaven) to purify himself of all his sins. During the journey in Hell, they travel through the Nine Circles of Hell. The Circles of Hell are where all the people who died and lived a life of sin go to for all of eternity. Whichever circle they are sent to when they die depends on the sins they committed in their lifetime. As the story progresses further into the Hell, the punishments …show more content…
A student of literature can learn how to use and recognize symbols in allegories such as this. Throughout the whole book, Dante Alighieri has used symbols. For example, the setting of the book was a symbol in itself. Hell is a place that is normally associated with evil, sin, and torture. In Hell Dante sees politicians, lovers, couples, etc that were trapped in Hell. These people all did something in their life that kept them from being with God. In the beginning of the book, Dante was stated to be lost in the woods. “Halfway upon the road of our life, I came to myself amid a dark wood where the straight path was confused.” Dante being lost in the dark woods represents how corrupt Dante’s state of mind was at that moment. The straight path represents the path of righteousness. As he was trying to reach the hill,which was his way to get to God, his path was blocked by the lion, leopard, and she-wolf. However, I do not know what they represent. There are many symbols used in this book. Some are very easy to interpret, however there are some that are difficult to figure out, like the three animals. The sinners found in Hell have a punishment that contrasts their sins. For example, the gluttons cared too much about food in their lives. As punishment, they are forced to lay in filthy precipitation, and eat it. The gluttons are also tortured by Cerberus, who eats them over and over. There are dozens, maybe even over one hundred symbols in the …show more content…
The title of the book “The Three Musketeers” references the Three men who are known as Musketeers, Aramis, Porthos, and Athos. However, the author left out that there was another man who strives to become a Musketeer. Not only that, but later on he becomes the lieutenant of the Musketeers at the end of the story. His name is D'Artagnan. He is a young man who is driven by love, ambition, and his sense of morality. He is the main character of the book. The author wrote the book knowing that in the end there were going to be four, not just three musketeers. The author does this because had he made the title of the book “The Four Musketeers” it would have made it obvious to readers that D’Artagnan succeeded in becoming a Musketeer. It would also make some readers lose interest in the book as soon as it is revealed that D’Artagnan wanted to become a Musketeer, and when the other three musketeers are introduced into the story(which would be the first few chapters). By giving the book the title “The Three Musketeers” Dumas created suspense and curiosity for the reader by not giving away one of the endings too

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