Dante's Inferno Canto 2 Summary and Analysis

Dante Alighieri

Canto 2 Summary and Analysis

New Characters
Beatrice: Woman who begs Virgil to rescue Dante (Heavenly Wisdom)

St. Lucia: Messenger from the Virgin Mary

The Virgin Mary: Sends the messenger St. Lucia to Virgil

Aeneas: A character from Virgil’s Aeneid; author of “young Silvius’ birth”

St. Paul: One who, like Dante, writes of his view of Hell

Summary
Friday has almost ended. Dante and Virgil have been climbing most of the day. Dante begins to question whether he should continue the journey. Dante remembers that Aeneas and St. Paul traveled to Hell and he feels inferior to both of them. Dante asks who said he should go to this place and what would happen if he should fail.
Virgil tells him that an angelic spirit named Beatrice had concern for Dante. The Virgin Mary sent Beatrice to Virgil through St. Lucia, her messenger, to ask Virgil to bring Dante from his wandering.

Virgil tells Dante to be brave; three women in Heaven are concerned for him. Dante confesses that his courage is now stronger. Virgil moves on and Dante follows him.

Discussion and Analysis
Aeneas was a Trojan prince and the hero of Aeneid, written by Virgil. In Aeneid, Aeneas, the father of Silvius, goes to Hades, guided by the Sibyl, and returns safely; while there, he visits his father...

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