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Dantes Divine Comedy is a moral comedy that is designed to makethink about their own morals The poem could have been used almost as aand what not to do to get into Heaven for the medieval people Dantea journey through the afterlife to imprint in the readers minds whatif they dont follow a Godlike life and to really make the reader thinkgo when they die and where they would like to go when they die In theDante uses his imagination and his knowledge of the peoples perception ofto create a somewhat realistic yet somewhat imaginary model of theIn the first lines of the Divine Comedy Dante says In the middleour life I came to my senses in a dark forest for I had lost the straightlines 1-3 This is the typical stereotype of today for when a personconsumed in sin The sinful life is a dark life and a sinless life is alife Dantes coming to his senses in a dark forest symbolizes hishe truly was and realizing that he needed to do something about itgo through the seven sacraments so that he could become pure enough to seeParadise and not have to spend and eternity in Hell Dante realized thatfrom the true faith without realizing it not knowing exactly how itto return Losing the straight path symbolizes losing the holy pure orDarkness is more or less a symbol of evil and light or brightness a symbolThroughout the poem Dante is advocating that man must consciously aim forrighteousness and morality People can often become so involved withthat they will fall into a life consumed with sin Man must always beto perform righteously The dark forest symbolizes a human life wheremoment is not consciously devoted to morals and righteousnessThe Inferno is probably the most realistic section of the Divinecomes closer to fitting the peoples perception of what Hell is reallyPurgatory and Paradise do Peoples mental image of Hell is an evilthat is full of fire and
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