Homer and Dante Book Review by cee-cee

Homer and Dante
A comparative analysis of the quest of the hero in Homer's "The Odyssey" and Alighieri Dante's "The Inferno".
# 108821 | 1,364 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2008 | US

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This paper discusses how in Homer's The Odyssey" and Alighieri Dante's "The Inferno" we see the universal quest of the hero. It looks at how "The Odyssey" is an epic adventure that would certainly be deemed heroic in its very being. In comparison, it discusses how "The Inferno", is less overtly so and how it is more of a personal journey, told in first person by the writer himself, Dante Alighieri. The paper contends that the theme for both is one of transformation and enlightenment. Both "heroes" of these stories had a need for personal fulfillment and reunification with their own spirit.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Alighieri, Dante. Dante's Inferno. Trans. Henry Francis Cary. New York: Cassell, Petter, Galpin, 1885.
  • Dougherty, Carol. The Raft of Odysseus: The Ethnographic Imagination of Homer's Odyssey. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.
  • Dulles, Avery Cardinal. "The Population of Hell." First Things: A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life May 2003: 36
  • Jung, C. G. Psychology of the Unconscious A Study of the Transformations and Symbolisms of the Libido. Trans. Beatrice M. Hinkle. New York: Moffat, Yard, 1916.
  • Homer. Odyssey. Trans. Stanley Lombardo. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing, 2000.

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