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Divine Comedy

always been one of the most controversial topics when it comes to diversity. Each religion throughout the world has its own perception of morality, what is good and evil. These come with rewards and punishments, Dante Alighieri’s epic poem, the Divine Comedy, gives an insight to the culmination of medieval thinking developed by the Church. Since Dante’s date of birth is unknown, it is theorized that he was born around 1265. He was born in Florence at the early stages of the Renaissance, and he is...

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The Divine Comedy

Ken Wood WC 1 5/1/2012 The Divine Comedy The Divine Comedy is commonly thought as one of the many great classics of Western literature. The story describes in much detail Dante’s journey through the nine circles of hell, purgatory, and heaven. The Divine Comedy is a story full of symbolism, dealing with the themes of sin, salvation, and redemption. The description of hell is based on the “Catholic Christian doctrine at the time of the late middle ages and Early Renaissance, the time when...

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The Divine Comedy

spiritual vision and was known for his intelligence (Encarta, 1). Between the years of 1308 and 1321, Dante wrote the epic poem, “The Divine Comedy,” which described a journey through the afterlife. It takes place during the three days of Good Friday, when Jesus died, and on Easter Sunday when he rose body and soul to heaven. It is a moral comedy, and was written to make readers evaluate their own morals. The journey was to show readers what could happen if they live a sinful life, or...

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Divine Comedy and Dante

Dante Alighieri’s “The Divine Comedy” is a poem written in first person that tells of Dante’s altered-ego pilgrimage through the three realms of death, Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise while trying to reach spiritual maturity and an understanding of God’s love while attaining salvation. Dante creates an imaginative correspondence between a soul’s sin on Earth and the punishment one receives in Hell. "In the middle of the journey of our life I came to myself in a dark wood where the straightway...

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The Divine Comedy summary

Dante’s “The Divine Comedy” is a trilogy of poems describing three realms of the afterlife. Each of the three books in “The Divine Comedy” symbolize an afterlife station, “Inferno” representing hell, “Purgatorio” representing purgatory and “Parasido” representing paradise. The story is told in the first person, and is originally written in Italian, the language of the masses. This was unusual as most literary works of the time were written in Latin, a language not easily read by the common...

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Divine Comedy Book Report

Title: The Divine Comedy Author: Dante Alighieri Type of Work: Poem Time and Place Written: Italy; Dante wrote the Divine Comedy from 1308 to 1320, completing the work the year before he died. Setting: Place Inferno – Hell; The Valley of Evil Purgatorio – Pugratory; The Mountain with Seven Cornices Paradiso – Paradise; Dante’s imaginative conception of Heaven Time: The evening of Good Friday through the morning of Easter Sunday in the year 1300 Characters: Dante - The author and protagonist...

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Analysis of the Divine Comedy

Analysis of The Divine Comedy The selected text comes from The Divine Comedy, written by Dante Alighieri, an Italian poet. It is a part of Canto XXIV, where Dante goes down to the seventh chasm of the eighth cycle in Hell with Virgil’s help. The seventh chasm is the Thieves’ place which is filled with “a terrible confusion of serpents, and Thieves madly running.” This short selected text links the previous passages with later passages by developing of the scenario of The Divine Comedy. In this short...

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God and Satan in the Divine Comedy

Dante’s Divine Comedy is the tale of one man’s spiritual journey in the quest for salvation. He enters the Gates of Hell, descends to the bowls of the earth where he encounters Satan, and eventually is able to ascend through Purgatory. His journey culminates with his contemplation of the Mystic Rose. Dante’s description of his journey to Hell is as gruesome as his depiction of its master. As ugly as he once was beautiful, Satan is depicted as a huge, hideous dragon-like beast, with a shaggy...

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Historical and Personal Background of the Divine Comedy

Historical and Personal Background of the Divine Comedy By Joseph Crane Version 1.0 May 2012© This essay is to accompany Between Fortune and Providence: Astrology and the Universe in Dante’s Divine Comedy. What follows is the overview and timeline I wish I had when I first started reading the Divine Comedy. Many commentaries of the Divine Comedy give background historical information, usually consisting of a general introduction and brief explanations when specific characters and events...

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Divine Comedy and Candide

between the Abbe' and the Parisian supper guests. The Abbe' mentions two critics who in Voltaire's time have criticized his work. The critics are referred to as boring and impudent by the supper guests. In much the same manner Alighieri, in The Divine Comedy, has placed many of his enemies in various circles of Hell. One example is when, Dante himself pushes one of his political enemies back down into the swampy waters of the river Styx. In Gargantua and Pantagruel, Rabelais mentions a series of textbooks...

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