Initially the Inferno begins with Dante lost in forest and unable to remember his way out. This is shown when it reads, “In the midway of this our mortal life, I found me in a gloomy wood, astray/Gone from the path direct…” (I. 2-3). This line not only conveys Dante’s disorientation, but on a deeper level reveals how he is a middle-aged man who has fallen of the “direct path” of God. The description of the forest as “gloomy” symbolizes the dark place he is in his life. Additionally, when Dante writes, “That forest, how robust and rough its growth, / Which to remember only my dismay/ Renews, in bitterness mot far from death” (I. 5-7), expands upon... [continues]
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