Dante’s Inferno

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Dante’s Inferno Q.1 Borrowing from the theme of just punishment, one can validly argue that the kind of punishment administered to sinners while in the hell is due to the sins committed on earth. For instance, an individual obsessed with physical looks such as the outward sense of beauty remains eternally engrossed in pure suffering and lowly reality figuratively alluded to as excrement. Through the representation of hell Dante, therefore, seeks to warn the readers on the folly of engaging in sin while on earth given the torture, anguish, and pain that awaits them in hell. Q.2 Dante declares that he is unfit or rather undeserving of embarking on a trip to the world beyond life, the afterlife and even goes ahead to talk about himself in the same breath as Aeneas and Paul, two men who enjoyed the privilege of enjoying the afterlife. In the Bible, readers are equally presented to Apostle Paul, who alleges to have experienced a trip to the afterlife, specifically referred to as the third heaven, whereas, Aeneas, on the other hand, gets to visit the underworld as demonstrated in book 6 of Virgil’s Aeneid. A manifest relationship or correlation between the travelers on earth is aided by their association with the Papacy in Rome, the seat of the church as well as the Roman Empire. As opposed to the views held by Augustine and other individuals, Dante greatly believed in the role of the Roman Empire in preparing the way or ushering Christianity, given the divinely chosen nature of Rome as the home or host of the Papacy. Q.3 The Divine comedy qualifies as an epic poem on a very grand scale as narrated in the first-person perspective by Dante. It similarly

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