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  • The Divine Comedy
    Throughout the Divine Comedy, Dante returns to the theme of love. In considering this theme, I'd like to discuss the two kinds of love that Dante focuses on the most and structures his poetry...

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    Canto 28 of Dante Alighieri's Inferno describes people who have sinned through scandal and creating discord. The punishment here is to walk endlessly around a chasm towards the center of hell, with...

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    This is a tough question, because there are admittedly many themes at work in Dante's Divine Comedy. However, if you had to pinpoint a main theme, the most accurate answer would be that the main...

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    Graft is also known as barratry, and may have an etymological connection to the more familiar word "grift" or grifting. Its exact definition is a bit murky and ambiguous, but it generally deals...

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    Satire is the use of irony, humor and sarcasm to criticize something. Allegory is the hidden or symbolic meaning of things within a story. Dante has made use of these various literary tools in the...

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    The opening of Dante's work is reflective of the pilgrim who is searching for meaning in life. The search for meaning revolves around the central questions of what defines individual identity and...

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    Let's start with your part two of your question first; that is, the inscription above the Gates of Hell. As Virgil and Dante approach the gate, they read its Latin inscription: Per me si va ne...

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    I suggest that you do not try to write about the entire Divine Comedy but focus on a single episode or canto. The part that interests me the most personally is the episode involving Francesca da...

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    The term epic is overused, misunderstood, and has become a bit cliche. In literature, an epic is a long narrative poem that focuses on a hero and his (typically a he) culture. Characteristics of a...

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    Beatrice, a woman with whom Dante is deeply in love, replaces Vergil the poet as Dante the pilgrim's guide through heaven. She is meant to symbolize love, beauty, and spiritual perfection. Through...

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    An epic is a long, narrative poem that celebrates the adventures of a hero while using elevated language. The Divine Comedy is categorized as an epic because of its length (3 canticas, for a total...

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    Because it was one of the first books written in Italian rather then Latin, seeing as which Latin was the dominant way of text writing for the Italian states.Which is why he is often called the...

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    Dante's Divine Comedy enjoyed enormous success. However, it should be noted that it was not translated into other languages until much later. Thus, strictly speaking, its 14th century readers were...

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    In a work as long as and complex as Dante's Divine Comedy, there will be differences of opinion. However, it does appear Virgil is the greater hero for several reasons. First, we need to realize...

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    The ninth circle of Hell is made up of four different areas and its description extends from canto thirty-two to thirty-four. The ninth circle ends in the center of the Earth where Lucifer is stuck...

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    I sense that Dante shares a love with Beatrice by the end of the narrative as one that transcends that of mortal or courtly love. As she becomes his guide through the Paradiso phase of Dante's...

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    Both of these long poems are “journey” literature. That is, the metaphor of life as a journey underlies each, even though the characters are on a physical or spiritual journey as well. A...

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    The character of Beatrice is based on the daughter of a rich Florentine banker, Beatrice Portinari, whom Dante met and fell in love with at the age of nine. Beatrice first appears in the Vita...

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    The purpose of Dante's travels through Hell, Purgatory and Paradise is to give him (and, consequently, the reader) the instruments to understand the nature of sin and the extent of its...

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    Dante's "Divine Comedy", of which the "Inferno" is part, is not a traditional oral epic but a highly literate work that mingles elements from classical epic with a new style of extended Christian...

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    Canto X takes place in circle 6 of Hell where, according to the principle of cotrappasso, the heretics are eternally tormented as they denied the eternity of the soul. The character who makes the...

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    Although Dante's Comedy is now regarded as a timeless masterpiece, Neo-Classical critics of the eighteenth century largely dismissed it as a typical product of the culture of the Middle Ages....

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    To me, this is a case of the punishment fitting the crime. Dante has this happen because it is really a fitting punishment for what they did. By eating too much (and using up things that others...

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    The term vernacular simply means the mother tongue of some country or region -- it is the language most spoken in that area. I assume that you are asking this in regard to the Divine Comedy because...

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    The Divine Comedy remains one of the world’s most popular literary classics because at the time it was written is was the epitome of knowledge and experience. It was also remarkable because Dante...

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    Since the poem is such a multi-faceted work, there are several answers to this question. First, as a great artist, Dante reflects the ideas, concerns, and attitudes of his time; The Divine Comedy...

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    In the Middle Ages numbers were given great significance, and were thought to reveal the mysteries of God's creation. The number 100 symbolized for Dante the totality and perfection of the...

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    At its most basic level, the language is straightforward: getting closer to God is good; it makes sense. There is order in God's world (as opposed to the world people live in who do not know God)....

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    Virgil's complete quote is from Canto XXVII, line 142, which reads, " I crown and miter you lord of yourself!" The crowning of Dante, then, makes him responsible for his own choices here on earth....

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