Dante's Inferno Research Paper

781 Words4 Pages
The Inferno shows Dante’s worldview about the world in the Fourteenth Century. His worldview is the current view of the world by the Catholic Church in that time period. Dante was a political exile from the city of Florence (Kreis), and this heavily contributed to his thoughts on who was in Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven. Hell, the most widely known book of the Divine Comedy, is the most famous. After all, fear of Hell is a Christian belief and prevalent theme. As a Christian, Dante reflected this fear. In Dante’s eyes, there are nine circles in Hell, each with different punishments for different sins. The worse the sin, the deeper the sinner is in Hell. The severity of the sins is influenced by Dante’s thoughts on the church and the world. As Dante goes through Hell, he is guided by Virgil, a poet he admired in real life.…show more content…
It shares some similarities with the Fields of Asphodel in Hellenistic mythology- a dark forest of total boredom, a false Heaven. It has a castle with seven gates, giving parallels to the palace of Hades in the Underworld. Limbo is where the pagans like Homer and Penthesilea are. Not only that, but even though Virgil is Dante’s guide, he is damned to Limbo. As Limbo is for pagans, Virgil is trapped there. Beyond Limbo, souls are judged by King Minos for how much they sinned, and damns them by how bad they were. The next five circles are Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Anger, and Heresy, but the next that will be covered will be

More about Dante's Inferno Research Paper

Open Document