Essay on The Odyssey And Dante 's Inferno

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The Odyssey and Dante’s Inferno
The Odyssey is an epic written by Homer. This poem is based on a love story that describes the escapades of Odysseus and his son Telemachus. Homer tells of the hardships and struggle Odysseus encountered on his way back home to his family after the war. Homer tells of Odysseus’s expeditions as he was travelling home as a hero after the Trojan War. Odysseus faced many challenges and struggles from battling Poseidon, the creatures in the sea and battling the suitors to reclaim his home. Odysseus had to fight creatures from the underworld and at the same time seek guidance from the divine in order to reach his family. On the other hand, Inferno is a divine comedy written by Dante Alighieri. Dante the protagonist in the story is struggling between good and evil throughout the story. In the end, he is able to pledge an allegiance to God and good after exploring both hell and heaven in his expedition. The travels of Dante and Odysseus were plagued with many trials and ordeals, but they all were able to overcome them. Odysseus was trying to return back home to his wife but after angering the gods, they made his journey difficult. While Dante was searching for his humanity through the circles of hell and he passed through many challenges but he was a le to make the right decision in the end.
Upon reading the Divine Comedy, Inferno by Dante Alighieri and The Odyssey by Homer, one sees clearly that, these two stories are totally different. Odysseus in…

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