Dante's "Inferno": The Structure of Hell
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Dante Alighieri's "The Comedy "is one of the most recognized pieces of literature in the modern world. Dante completed the first of the three books contained in "The Comedy" in 1314; "Divine" was not added to the title until much later. The other two books, "Pergatorio" and "Paradisio", would soon follow. But it is "Inferno" that brings forth imagery so intense that it has seldom been rivaled. This paper takes a look at Dante's "Inferno", specifically his description of the different levels of hell.
From the Paper:"As the story advances we begin to see with much more clarity Dante's structure of Hell. Descending down through the lower circles of Hell, Virgil shows Dante the increasing brutality of the punishment. Until the fifth circle, Dante is still in the upper section of Hell. In this segment the penalties seem almost tolerable, considering what is witnessed later on. In the first circle, which houses the un-baptized infants and virtuous Pagans, the inhabitants merely pine away in a state of melancholy, a world of desire without hope. While this would be enough to drive anyone mad, especially such great thinkers as Plato and Socrates who are witnessed there, this is but a day in the park when compared to the constant torture of the residents of the lower levels of Hell."
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