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Whether the embarked journey is for God spiritual rebirth or simply insight into ones self knowledge is gained and lessons are learned The Divine Comedy of the Inferno Gilgamesh Everyman and The Gift of Laughter all illustrate journeys taken by travelers from darkness into light During the course of their journey the travelers encounter numerous obstacles and struggles in which they overcome and thus gain strength Each of the travelers comes to a point on their journey where they observe their transformation and are thus approaching the end of their pilgrimage While the journeymens voyage is primarily fictitious it is very much comparable to my life and my personal journeys that I undergo In Dante Alighieris Divine Comedy of the Inferno Dantes journey initiated with ignorance and concluded with comprehension and understanding of God and his ways Where ignorance and sin represented his darkness and understanding represented his light In the beginning of Dantes inferno it becomes evident that Dante is lost and is unsure of how he got this state of na His soul was corrupted by sin and abandonment from God This is what the shadowed forest indicates when he said I found myself in a shadowed forest for I had lost the path that does not stray Cantos I line 2-3 In line 5 he calls it a savage forest which portrays a very barbarous and untamed forest Thus the readers see that he lies very deep in sin worldliness and ignorance He advances in his journey with the help of Virgil Virgil takes him through the levels of hell and thus tries to teach Dante lessons by having witnessed such gruesome and disturbing punishments With each punishment one more grotesque then the next Dante approaches his goal of enlightenment Dante will be able to go back to his life on earth with a better understanding of the outcomes of his sins thus he would be more careful and aware of his
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