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The Divine Comedy Essay Dante Alighieris The Divine Comedy Inferno was written during a very uncertain time of his life He is middle aged and exiled from his beloved city of Florence Dante is economically and politically ruined Cervigni and Vasta 6 He reflects on the past and is repulsed by its significance The consumption of his guilt depression and anger was the impetus for writing this book In the first paragraph in Canto I Midway in the journey of out life I found myself in a dark wood for the straight way was lost Ah how hard it is to tell what that wood was wild rugged harsh the very thought of it renews the fear It is so bitter that death is hardly more so But to treat of the good that I found in it I will tell of the other things I saw there Alighieri 3 provides a sense where his mind was at the time Dante is at a crossroads in his life and cannot find the road ahead The dark wood refers to the uncertainty he was facing at the time The prospect of death for Dante is an escape out of his torment Dante made Hell with circles to express the different levels of guilt depression and anger Throughout the circles you find great poets writers biblical characters and others some of whom in my opinion do not belong there I think he puts them there to relieve some of his guilt for the sins he has committed I feel he uses logic to persuade the reader that if some of these great people are in Hell then he is not that bad himself Dantes guilt in reflected in Canto V where he makes reference to his forbidden lustful love for Beatrice He uses Francesca and Paolos love to compare it his own love for Beatrice Dante feels compassion and sorrow for these two lovers when
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