AReview on Dante’s Tour to Hell
AReview on Dante’s Tour to Hell
DanteAlighieri is one of the prominent writers of his time. His divinecomedy is an emblematic exploration through evil and salvation (Brand&Pertile, 1996). Moreover, in his extraordinary work, the writerinscribed the saga of every humankind trying to acquire salvation.Furthermore, this work is reflective of the traditional lifestylethat laid the foundation for the development of the Tuscan language(The Divine Comedy: Inferno, 2016). That said, the narrative is anallegorical representation of the human’s soul journey to thecreator. To sum up, the work is not humorous as the title suggests.It dawns on us that the word comedy has been used to representtragedies in the epics of the play as well as the transition from thesad beginning to a successful conclusion.
Accordingto Canto III, there are severe consequences for those who did notlive according to God’s will. Furthermore, this scene brings in theatmosphere of despair as those who decided to heed to God’scommands lose all their hope right after stepping into Hell (Dante’s:Canto III, 2016). The writer is pitiful to the souls subjected toeternal suffering, but as he continues with his tour in hell, heloses his mercy for sinners. Supernumerary, he learns that sin is aconscious lifestyle and has its consequences just as heaven welcomesthose who shunned from evil. Individuals who fail to choose sides aredoomed to reside in the vestibules of hell.
Moreover,the gate of the inferno had the inscriptions “leave all your hopeyee who enter here”. These are the gates into divine justice andthe pathway to the outer sections of hell. Besides, as the Virgildescribes it, the entrance is the destination for the fellows who hadno element of an ideal intelligence (Aeschliman, 2016). The writingshave been used to inform the sinners that their entrance into thegate is because of their evil deeds and that they do not have asecond chance. According to Dante`s imagination, the marginaldestination for the fence-sitters and sinners lies beyond the gatesas their time on earth had already elapsed.
Supernumerary,the writings on the gate scared the writer out of his wits(Mandelbaum, Oldcorn, & Ross, 1999). Furthermore, the compassionfor those below him overcame him. The Virgil, however, rebukes himfor his pity. In a more critical analysis, the Virgil is insinuatingthat Dante should trust in the Lord for protection and wisdom as heproceeds with his journey of knowing the almighty (Inferno Cantos,2013). The sinners who were in Hell did not deserve mercy as theywere serving the consequences of their evil deeds. Moreover, theVirgil had now become Dante`s instructor and therefore the fellow hadto trust him as he led the way.
Toboot, as the Virgil concluded his explanation, a flashingconflagration accompanied by a stiff breeze and an earthquake scaredthe writer that he fainted. Earlier on, the Virgil had informed thenarrator that he has a good soul and that it was God’s intentionfor him to pass through hell being alive. However, he insists thatthe character still had a long way to go before he could become arighteous person. The fact that fellow is in his early stage of faithmakes him weak and easily gullible to tension at the medium of thelord’s righteousness (The LitCharts study, 2016)
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