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Divine Comedy Dantes Divine Comedy is a moral comedy that is designed to make the readers think about their own morals The poem could have been used almost as a guide for what and what not to do to get into Heaven for the medieval people Dante takes the reader on a journey through the afterlife to imprint in the readers minds what could happen to them if they dont follow a Godlike life and to really make the reader think about where they will go when they die and where they would like to go when they die In the Divine Comedy Dante uses his imagination and his knowledge of the peoples perception of the afterlife to create a somewhat realistic yet somewhat imaginary model of the afterlife In the first lines of the Divine Comedy Dante says In the middle of the journey of our life I came to my senses in a dark forest for I had lost the straight pathDante 1416 lines 1-3 This is the typical stereotype of today for when a person becomes lost or consumed in sin The sinful life is a dark life and a sinless life is a bright white and pure life Dantes coming to his senses in a dark forest symbolizes his realizing how lost in sin he truly was and realizing that he needed to do something about it meaning he needed to go through the seven sacraments so that he could become pure enough to see God in Paradise and not have to spend and eternity in Hell Dante realized that he had strayed from the true faith without realizing it not knowing exactly how it happened and is trying to return Losing the straight path symbolizes losing the holy pure or Godlike life Darkness is more or less a symbol of evil and light or brightness a symbol for good Throughout the poem Dante is advocating that man must
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