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by Dante Alighieri

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Are the motifs of dark and light there, and if so, how are they used?

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The binary between light and dark is a very present theme in Dante's Inferno. At the beginning of the poem, Dante tries to climb a mountain to the light shining over it, but Virgil tells him that he must instead reach the light through the darkness. This darkness represents hell. Hell is darksometimes completely devoid of light, and sometimes lit dimly by burning firesand heaven is full of the light of God's majesty. Dante only knows that he has left hell and emerged back on earth because he can see stars shining in the sky. This darkness doesn't just represent sin, it also represents uncertainty.



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